Is a Rabbi a vicar?
Technically no, since a vicar is a Christian spiritual leader whereas a rabbi is Jewish. However, a rabbi can be a bit like a vicar, a lawyer, a teacher and a community leader all rolled into one. They have extensive knowledge of the Torah and may lead community worship as well as providing answers to people's spiritual questions - many are remarkably adept at answering similar questions from Christians, Muslims and atheists in addition to Jews. They also have expertise in Judaic law and are able to provide guidance in a range of related matters - when combined with their Torah knowledge, this allows them to teach Jewish education. Finally, many rabbis have completed courses in counselling and may organise community projects such as youth groups, community days out, parties and other events.