There are Rabbis everywhere, how to identify who is a real Rabbi if the Rabbi is not included in a recognized organization, such as Israeli Supreme Court or RCA etc.? Does a Rabbi need Yeshiva study with a certificate? Or anything else?

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    'Rabbi' is not a technical term. What matters is expertise and integrity. If someone has the integrity to admit what he is competent to deal with and what he isnt, then you are good.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Sep 29, 2017 at 3:44
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    @larry909 semikha technically does not exist today. Thus, semikha today is significant only inasmuch as it indicates competence on the part of the recipient. Therefore, if a very competent Torah scholar happens to lack ordination (and indeed there have been great rabbis who lacked semikha) that isn't a problem, while someone incompetent with an easy to get semikha, wouldn't be someone you'd want to rely on. There is no universal standard for senikha, so it doesn't guarantee any particular level of competence.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Sep 29, 2017 at 21:08
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    That may be the case. I dont see how that affects anything I wrote. given that ordination is a matter of convention, so there is noobjective definition of areal rabbi. @larry
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Sep 29, 2017 at 21:21
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    Are you asking how you know a rabbi with or without ordination is reliable? Basically the same way you know if a mechanic or any other professional is reliable.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Sep 29, 2017 at 21:23

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Yes, to become a Rabbi you need to go to Yeshiva and study and get a certificate of ordination from the Yeshiva (or University).

Besides the RCA, there are many other orthodox communities that have their own standards, but they are mostly similar. Each community/Yeshiva have their process by which a potential rabbi studies the applicable daily laws a rabbi would need to know, and then gets ordination.

I dont know if the title 'Rabbi' is governed by any legal ramifications of law. so that's why it's important to look into each rabbi's ordination and certificate.

If you are not familiar with the process you should definitely find someone who understands and knows more the processes and ask their opinion.

See comment from user rosends with Wikipedia links.


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