from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Jewish ordination by competent rabbis, when the candidate receives his diploma stating his qualifications to officiate as a rabbi.


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  • The results of a survey to be presented at the convention show a clear consensus among RCA members against granting "semicha," or ordination, to women, according to an official involved in the council's strategic planning process.

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  • Michael Lerner (labeled as Reform) has semicha from Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Renewal), and I think Michael Paley (labeled as Conservative) has Orthodox semicha.

    Newsweek Names Top 50 Rabbis in US | Jewschool

  • This will be a teaching-semicha (along ‘Rav Mehanekh’ lines) designed to create high school rebbes for pluralistic/cross-communal North American high schools and not an ordination designed to create halakhic decisors (poskim).

    Overheard on Shavuot at the Hartman Institute… Ordaining Women? | Jewschool

  • He has a lawsuit against Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Israel's Sephardic Chief Rabbi for dismissing him from a position he held for over 30 years from his position of examining people who came for semicha (rabbinic ordination).

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  • In England, different members of the clergy (not all of whom even have semicha) go by distinctly different titles, reflecting different roles: reverend, minister, rabbi, and dayan; maybe that is a fine idea worth importing to America.

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  • Moshe is in a program where he's working towards his GED (a high school equivalence degree) and even learning for semicha (rabbinical ordination).

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  • The website doesn’t mention the semicha aspect at all.

    Overheard on Shavuot at the Hartman Institute… Ordaining Women? | Jewschool


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