Becoming a Maggid: Training & Ordination as a Spiritual Teacher, Storyteller
Yitzhak Buxbaum, who has successfully worked as a maggid for 25 years, is directing a s'micha (ordination) program in maggidut (to become a traditional Jewish teacher, storyteller). Yitzhak has s'micha as a maggid from his rebbe, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and is acting to continue and spread that transmission. He says: "Essentially, Shlomo was a traveling maggid. There are people, like myself, who are not interested primarily in being rabbis, who do not want to commit to the lengthy training, yet who feel that doing work as a maggid would fit the bill for what they want and are able to contribute." Students will be trained in how to do inspirational speaking and how to tell stories. The Jewish community could use more motivational speakers and spiritual storytellers. In Eastern Europe the rabbis were mostly involved in settling halachic issues and gave sermons only twice a year. Modern rabbis are trained to! give sermons, but there is still often a need for visiting teachers to give the congregation some added lift and inspiration.
This program is for people of all backgrounds and denominations. A basic knowledge of Jewish texts and practice will be required for admission into the program. But to inspire others Jewishly a person must himself or herself be inspired. Classes are by conference calling and twice-yearly in-the-flesh gatherings. For further information on the requirements, work, cost, Contact Reb Yitzhak.
Below is the k'tav maggidut (certificate of ordination) that Shlomo created in the ceremony in which he ordained Yitzhak Buxbaum as a maggid.
S'micha as a Maggid from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
Yitzhak Buxbaum has s'micha (authorization) as a maggid (teacher and storyteller) from the legendary Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
When my spiritual master, the holy and pure Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, gave me s'micha, and ordained me as a maggid, a teller of sacred Jewish tales, he put his holy hands on my head and said:
Maggid devarav l'Yaakov.
Aileh hadevarim asher tidabeir el bnai Yisrael.
Bizeh anu somchim v'tomchim u'm'chazkim yidai
Reb Yitzhak ben Meir Buxbaum
sh'yichyeh lihiyot machzir al hap'tachim, pitchaihem mikuvanim
petach habayit sha'arei halev liban shel Yisrael
l'hachzir otam avaida mida'at da'at Elyon
b'divrei aggada sh'moshchim liban shel Yisrael
Kumi ori ki va oraich.
am Yisrael b'tshuvah shleima mitoch ahavah.
Koh t'varchu v'yizkeh lirot b'haramat keren Yisrael mitoch simcha.
With the help of God.
Be a maggid, a teller of tales, and speak sacred words to the seed of Jacob.
These are the words you shall speak to the Children of Israel.
With this, we support, strengthen, and uphold the hands of
Reb Yitzhak ben Meir Buxbaum
To live a life of the spirit, making the rounds, knocking on all doors, the doors facing each other, the door of the Temple, the gates of the heart, the Heart of Israel
To return those who are lost, lost to mind,
the Mind of the Most High,
With stories that draw the heart of Israel and cause them to awaken.
Arise, shine, for your light has come!
Return, return the People of Israel in complete repentance, from love.
So shall you bless, and merit to see the raising of the honor of Israel, in joy.