Ismar Schorsch: The Sacred Cluster


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The Sacred Cluster (1995) is a mission statement for Conservative Judaism written by Ismar Schorsch, the Rabbi Herman Abramovitz Professor of Jewish History and sixth chancellor of New York City’s Jewish Theological Seminary, with the latter post recognized as the highest academic and rabbinic position within the Conservative movement. The text identifies seven distinct issues as constituting the core of the movement’s identity. Schorsch emphasizes that they reflect not so much an abstract...