Definitions for rabbiˈræb aɪ
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spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law
a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
A Jewish spiritual teacher.
Origin: From rabbi, and its source ῥαββί, from (post-biblical) רבי, from rebbe "master" plus -i "my".
master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor for a teacher or doctor of the law
Origin: [L., fr. Gr. "rabbi`, Heb. rab my master, from rab master, lord, teacher, akin to Ar. rabb.]
In Judaism, a rabbi is a teacher of Torah. This title derives from the Hebrew word רַבִּי rabi, meaning "My Master", which is the way a student would address a master of Torah. The word "master" רב rav literally means "great one". The basic form of the rabbi developed in the Pharisaic and Talmudic era, when learned teachers assembled to codify Judaism's written and oral laws. In more recent centuries, the duties of the rabbi became increasingly influenced by the duties of the Protestant Christian minister, hence the title "pulpit rabbis", and in 19th century Germany and the United States rabbinic activities including sermons, pastoral counseling, and representing the community to the outside, all increased in importance. Within the various Jewish denominations there are different requirements for rabbinic ordination, and differences in opinion regarding who is to be recognized as a rabbi. All types of Judaism except for Orthodox Judaism and some conservative strains ordain women and openly lesbian and gay people as rabbis and cantors.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an appellation of honour applied to a teacher of the Law among the Jews, in frequent use among them in the days of Christ, who was frequently saluted by this title.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We were married by a reformed rabbi in Long Island. A very reformed rabbi. A Nazi.
If I see any politician or a priest or an imam or a rabbi in the Paradise, I will give up believing in God!
He altered the image of the Jew from that of rabbi, merchant, wanderer, to that of scientist, farmer and soldier.
Rabbi Epstein still firmly believes that he was protecting women's rights and was protecting the agunahs and the families.
Teaneck is a small town, and our rabbi called to tell us his phone was ringing off the hook— people were calling to ask how they can help.
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- رَابِي, حَاخَامٌ, حَبْرٌ, رَاڤٌArabic
- rabíCatalan, Valencian
- ραββίνος, ραβίνοςGreek
- rabbiini, rabbiFinnish
- רַב, רַבִּיHebrew
- rabi, rabbiIndonesian
- rabbinar, rabbinNorwegian Nynorsk
- ра́бби, ре́бе, равви́нRussian
- рабин, rabinSerbo-Croatian
- раби́н, рави́н, ре́бе, ра́біUkrainian
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