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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rab′i, or rab′ī, Rabbin, rab′in, n. Jewish title of a doctor or expounder of the law:—pl. Rabbis (rab′īz), Rabb′ins.—ns. Rabb′an ('our master'), a title of greater honour than rabbi; Rabb′inate, the dignity of a rabbi.—adjs. Rabbin′ic, -al, pertaining to the rabbis or to their opinions, learning, and language.—n. Rabbin′ic, the later Hebrew.—adv. Rabbin′ically.—ns. Rabb′inism, the doctrine or teaching of the rabbis: a rabbinical peculiarity of expression: the late Jewish belief which esteemed the oral law equally with the written law of God; Rabb′inist, Rabb′inite, one who adheres to the Talmud and traditions of the rabbis; Rabbō′ni, my great master. [Gr.,—Heb. rabbí—rab, great, master—rābab, to be great. Cf. Ar. rabb, master, the Lord.]
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.
Etymology and Origins
The title of a Jewish expounder of the Law. The word is Greek for “My Master,” through the Hebrew rabi, from the root rab, lord, chief.
The numerical value of Rabbi in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Rabbi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of Rabbi in a Sentence
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.
The Rabbi i ’m 75 years old, blind in one eye and have a cataract in the other. I don’t think I ’d hire me as a killer.
Images & Illustrations of Rabbi
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for Rabbi
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- رَابِي, حَاخَامٌ, حَبْرٌ, رَاڤٌArabic
- rabíCatalan, Valencian
- ραββίνος, ραβίνοςGreek
- rabbiini, rabbiFinnish
- רַב, רַבִּיHebrew
- rabi, rabbiIndonesian
- rabbinar, rabbinNorwegian Nynorsk
- rabbiner, rabbiNorwegian
- ра́бби, ре́бе, равви́нRussian
- рабин, rabinSerbo-Croatian
- раби́н, рави́н, ре́бе, ра́біUkrainian
Get even more translations for Rabbi »
Find a translation for the Rabbi definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Український (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)