Why are there Chief Rabbis in some countries but not in the United States?







According to the U.S. Constitution, there is to be strict separation between church and state. In many European countries (e.g. England and Denmark) where there is an established state religion, a chief rabbi, approved by the government, is the spokesperson for the Jewish community. In the United States each community is autonomous and each congregation elects its own rabbi without needing the sanction of the local, state or federal government.

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