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Rabbi Yitzchak Reuven Rubin wrote in 2001:

In fact, it wasn't long ago that every rabbi in England was required by contract to "present himself fifteen minutes before the time of Divine worship."

What changed? Is there no longer a standard contract? (If so, why was it destandardized?) Or does the standard contract no longer include that clause? (If so, why was the clause removed?) Or what?

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It's kind of embarrassing to the Rabbi to tell him that he has to come on time to Davening. It's supposed to be presumed (like that he has to put on Tefillin in the morning) –  Shmuel Brin Feb 23 '14 at 7:35
What is more embarrassing to the community (and the rabbi), a clause in the contract (which is relatively private) or continual tardiness (which is public, at least for those congregants who themselves are punctual)? This problem exists in the states as well. I do not know why. –  Yehuda W Aug 2 at 17:55

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