Nominations are now open for the World's Sexiest -- er, make that "Hottest" Rabbi.

Jewrotica, the year-old "online hub for Jewish sexual expression," is accepting nominations for "sexy rabbis worldwide who deserve to be recognized for their raw awesomeness." Ayo Oppenheimer, Jewrotica's founder, announced the competition for the "World's Sexiest Rabbi" on the site on Oct. 17. The site will accept nominations until Nov. 15, and the finalists will be spotlighted on Jewrotica.org in December.

What qualifies a synagogue's leader for the title? Jewrotica seeks a rabbi with brains, a social activist streak and a "badass factor."

The contest initially sought the "sexiest" rabbi, but not everybody appreciated Jewrotica's attempt to bring out the "sexy" in the synagogue, as The Times of Israel reported. After some negative feedback from readers, Oppenheimer changed the contest title to "World's Hottest Rabbi."

"This was never a contest based on physical appearance," he clarified in a post on the site.

He added playfully, "There will not be a Sexy Rabbis of Jewrotica Swimsuit Calendar. (Sorry)."

While Oppenheimer concedes that the contest is "silly," he says Jewrotica wants to use it to "highlight some pretty fantastic Rabbis." To prove his point, he notes that Jewrotica has already received a "flood of nominations" of rabbis spanning generations.

Some members of the Jewish community think the contest is a great way to celebrate modern Judaism and the evolving image of its leaders. Aaron Sataloff, a rabbinical student, told The Times of Israel, “A rabbi is no longer a hunched over figure with a long beard." He was careful to note, though, that looks don't make the rabbi: “You can be pretty to look at, but you have to be thought-provoking, as well."

For those who aren't quite comfortable celebrating the rabbinical "hot" factor, the The Daily Beast publishes a tamer annual list of "America’s Top 50 Rabbis" every Passover. The list, which debuted in 2007, celebrates Rabbis who bring "ideas, innovations, and inspiration" to American Jews.

Huffington Post blogger Rabbi Denise Eger suggests that these attempts to rank rabbis are part of an "increasing trend of kitsch Judaism." Eger poses the question: "Where is the respect and honor for rabbis who work so hard to bring engagement and prophetic ideals to the Jewish people? "

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  • New York

    4,046 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Looking north across W88th at doorway of B'nai Jeshurun on a cloudy afternoon in Manhattan, NY.

  • District of Columbia

    2,936 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Site of Washington Hebrew Congregation's building, 1898-1954, built on the site of the first building. Today home of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church.

  • New Jersey

    2,465 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel signage along Kresson Road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

  • Maryland

    1,443 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: A view of the front of the B'er Chayim Temple in Cumberland, Maryland

  • Connecticut

    1,333 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ahavas Sholem Synagogue, White St., New Haven

  • Massachusetts

    1,229 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Adams Street Shul in Newton, MA.

  • Rhode Island

    840 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island

  • Pennsylvania

    805 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Former home of Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia

  • Florida

    683 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanu-El Synagogue, Miami Beach, FL

  • Illinois

    625 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, Illinois.

  • California

    578 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Talmud Torah (Breed Street Shul), Los Angeles, CA

  • Ohio

    559 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Rockdale Temple, K.K. Bene Israel in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Minnesota

    451 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Michigan

    449 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Beth-El Synagogue, Detroit, Michigan

  • Delaware

    431 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: First Adas Kodesch Synagogue

  • Colorado

    398 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel, located at 1325 North Grand Avenue in Pueblo, County, Colorado.

  • Vermont

    390 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Old Ohavi Zedek synagogue in Burlington, Vermont.

  • Georgia

    374 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue de Savannah / Temple Mickve Israel

  • Missouri

    370 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Historic B'Nai Israel Synagogue, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  • Virginia

    360 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Beth Israel Synagogue in Roanoke, Virginia, USA

  • New Hampshire

    321 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Chabad Lubavitch of New Hampshire Credit: Facebook

  • Arizona

    319 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Washington

    289 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Alhadeff Sanctuary of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, a synagogue in the First Hill/ Central District area of Seattle

  • Kansas

    271 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ohev Shalom Congregation. This synagogue was established in 1877 in Kansas City, Kansas. The current facility was constructed in 1960/69 in suburban Prairie Village a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. It is the oldest operating Jewish congregation in Kansas. Credit: Flickr/ JPreisler.com

  • Nevada

    255 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Jewish Heritage Center Tucson, housed in an historic synagogue Ken Lund from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

  • Tennessee

    246 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel, Memphis, Tennessee

  • Texas

    241 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'nai Israel in Galveston, Texas

  • Nebraska

    237 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel, Nebraska. Credit: Flickr

  • Maine

    235 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue Lewiston Maine. Credit: Flickr / Portlandano

  • Oregon

    232 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, Oregon

  • Wisconsin

    223 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Gates of Heaven Synagogue, Wisconsin

  • New Mexico

    206 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'Nai Israel - Albuquerque, New Mexico. Credit: Waymarking.com

  • Louisiana

    195 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Touro Synagogue, Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana

  • North Carolina

    190 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Temple of Israel, Wilmington, North Carolina

  • Indiana

    185 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Reform synagogue in Bloomington, IN

  • Kentucky

    157 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Byzantine Revival Synagogue that once housed the congregation of Adath Jeshurun. Credit: Flickr / JPreisler.com

  • Alabama

    153 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama

  • South Carolina

    141 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue

  • Iowa

    134 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel in Davenport, Iowa

  • Alaska

    115 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Youth of Congregation of Beth Sholom observing Shabbat

  • Oklahoma

    101 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel at Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Montana

    86 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Congregation Har Shalom, Missoula, Montana. Credit: Facebook

  • West Virginia

    74 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Credit: B'nai Sholom Congregation located in Huntington, West Virginia.

  • Hawaii

    62 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Interior of Aloha Jewish Chapel in Hawaii

  • Utah

    59 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'rith Sholem in Ogden, Utah

  • Arkansas

    53 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth El, Arkansas. Flickr: joseph a

  • Mississippi

    43 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth Israel, Meridian, Mississippi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

  • Idaho

    41 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue in Boise, Idaho

  • South Dakota

    35 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue of the Hills, South Dakota. Credit: Facebook

  • North Dakota

    26 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Jewish synagogue on the South side of Fargo, North Dakota

  • Wyoming

    23 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Mt. Sinai Congregation in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Credit: Facebook