Conservative Judaism/Rabbi judments


Dear Rabbi Barry,

I started my participation in a reading group (synagogue/Brazil). I would like to ask you about rabbi judments (we started to read: In My Father's Court - Isaac Bashevis Singer).

I really appreciate any help you can provide.


Dear Andre,

Thank you for writing. Shanah Tovah.

My challenge is the phrase "rabbi judgement" as you quote it.

The first problem or challenge is that it comes from a piece of fiction, which may or may not understand the full technical meaning for a Rabbi to issue a "p'sak" or ruling in the areas of Jewish laws.

The second is what are you asking about the "judgement" - I need more information.


Rabbi Dov  

Conservative Judaism

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner


Write to me with questions about Jewish customs and law, history, philosophy and tradition for answers from a Conservative perspective or conversion. I am a graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and a member of the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly. Having served in congregational pulpits since 1970, I now am President of the Foundation For Family Education, Inc. a non-profit educational endeavor. I established it to create new formats of hands-on programs and provide free educational downloads at In addition to general informational questions I welcome your questions about programs for social action, outreach to dual-faith families, inter-faith clergy projects, healing services, education for conversion, adult education for the congregation and the community. If you have questions about Informal and Formal Education I am ready to share my extensive experience with Youth Activities, Camping and Religious School/Hebrew High School on a congregational, community and national/international level.


I have served on the National Youth Commission for more than 25 years and serve on the Boards of the Conservative Zionist movement MERCAZ and the World Council of Synagogues. I have always dual-families and taught candidates for conversion with a great sense of fulfillment. I am very proud of 25 years on the Jewish camping staff of Camps Ramah. My greatest source of pride is my family! Ask me about them, please!:-)

©2017 All rights reserved.