January 28, 2010
Mahara’t to Rabba
Rabbi Weiss’ Comments Of Sara Hurwitz’s Title Change from Mahara”t to Rabba:
The klaf will now read,
Sara bat Mordechai HaLevi U’Batsheva
has studied and toiled in our holy Torah for many years. She has studied Torah and many halakhot from important rabbis and halakhic decisors, and has been tested in the laws of Shabbat, the laws of kashrut, the laws of niddah and the laws of mourning.
She has been found well versed in these laws, in the rulings of the rishonim and the achronim, and is qualified to respond in these areas of halakha with good judgment and clear reasoning.
It is thus, that we declare to the public, that she is worthy
לענות לכל שואל ושואלת בדבר הלכה
Behold, Ms. Hurwitz has been serving for many years as a Madricha Ruchanit to an important congregation, is skilled and experienced in communal leadership, in officiating at lifecycle events, and in spiritual and pastoral counseling. She is well qualified to teach Torah to the larger community and to lead the congregations of Jacob, and we are certain that her awe of Heaven precedes her wisdom.
Fortunate is the holy community that will choose Rabba Sara Hurwitz in honor, to bask in the glow of her wisdom. The authority of the Torah will rest upon her shoulders, to spread the knowledge of God throughout the land.
In testimony of which, we affix our signatures below,
Rabbi Daniel Sperber Rabbi Avraham Weiss