In doing genealogical research I found records for family members from Lithuania whose profession was listed as "Rabbi Elector".

What was this profession?

Was it a legitimate part of Judaism, or just "made up" to satisfy the authorities at the time?

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    This seems more appropriate for history.stackexchange.com or perhaps genealogy.stackexchange.com. – mevaqesh Feb 22 '17 at 20:27
  • What language were these records in? – mevaqesh Feb 22 '17 at 20:28
  • @mevaqesh: I was seeing them in translation, so English. Original must have been Lithuanian. And I considered another StackExchange, yet this seems so relevant here.... – Ask613 Feb 22 '17 at 20:56
  • It is perhaps borderline in topic. "Questions about the Hebrew language or about history or news of the Jewish people, Jewish individuals, or the State of Israel, except as related to Judaism, are off-topic." – mevaqesh Feb 22 '17 at 21:10
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    Related: mindspring.com/~peggyf/pusalotas/html/rabbi_electors.html. I am getting the impression from some googling that this was a rabbis recognised by the government. He had to speak Russian, and / or have other characteristics. – mevaqesh Feb 22 '17 at 21:19

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