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I respectfully disagree. There are some sects of Judaism where this is not so - Reform congregations for example. But there are sects of Ultra-Orthodox Jews - bobov, Ger, Satmar, etc. who have charismatic leaders who control everything within that sect, including the control of connection to the divine. "Judaism" is a large house in and of itself, but there are a number of rooms in the house that are very controlled by clergy.