Religion: Neglected Pulpit

"The concept is now popular that the rabbi's central duty is to be a personal guide and counselor to the troubled individuals of the congregation," writes Rabbi Solomon Freehof in the recently published Israel Bettan Memorial Volume, a collection of essays dedicated to a former professor of Hebrew Union College. But this new interest in solving personal problems, says Dr. Freehof, a leader of U.S. Reform Judaism, costs rabbis time that they might spend better in preaching.

"Already there is evidence that the problems of the world as a total are beginning to overshadow the personal problems of the individual. People are...

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