How should a shul determine its hashkafa? Is it the hashkafa of the community at large, or the rabbinate - even if they do not always seem to be identical?

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    What do you mean by "determine its hashkafa"?
    – mevaqesh
    Aug 14, 2016 at 18:12

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It should be what's correct, notwithstanding what the haskafa of the members, local community, and local rabbinate is. The key to this is having a strong rov - he will be able to decide what is right for the people in the shul, while operating within halacha and Torahdik hashkafa.


What you're defining would be a cult, a group of people in a community who all believe the same things, etc. In a healthy religious community, and I'm not even just talking about a Jewish one, you will find people of differing opinions who come together to worship and serve God. There may be certain boundaries within a community for what is accepted and what is not, but you will find people on different levels and on different points of a spectrum. (And if you don't, I recommend getting out of there.) To answer your question more precisely, Jewish individuals within a community should base their beliefs on Torah and mitzvos, and what is true and right.

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