What does Rabbi mean?
Definitions for Rabbi
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Rabbi.
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.
Etymology: From rabbi, and its source ῥαββί, from (post-biblical) רבי, from rebbe "master" plus -i "my".
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A doctor among the Jews.
The Hebrew rabbins say, that nature hath given man, for the pronouncing of all letters, the lips, the teeth, the tongue, the palate and throat. William Camden, Remains.
Be not ye called rabbi; for one is your master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren. Mat. xxiii. 8.
A rabbi is a spiritual leader or religious teacher in Judaism. One becomes a rabbi by being ordained by another rabbi, following a course of study of Jewish texts such as the Talmud. 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. The title "rabbi" was first used in the first century CE. In more recent centuries, the duties of a 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 recognized as a rabbi. For example, most Orthodox Jewish communities do not accept nor ordain women rabbis. Non-Orthodox movements have chosen to do so for what they view as halakhic reasons (Conservative Judaism) as well as ethical reasons (Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism).
master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor for a teacher or doctor of the law
Etymology: [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.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rabbi is ranked #123064 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Rabbi surname appeared 140 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rabbi.
78.5% or 110 total occurrences were Asian.
12.8% or 18 total occurrences were White.
5.7% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
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
Rabbi Epstein still firmly believes that he was protecting women's rights and was protecting the agunahs and the families.
But at the same time, if I’m president of the United States, no church, synagogue or mosque is going to lose its tax-exempt status because the tenets of their faith do not allow them to perform a same-sex marriage. there is nothing under our law that compels a rabbi, minister or pastor of any kind to perform a marriage that that person doesn’t want to perform.
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.
We are Tree of Life and, as I said before to many, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers can cut off some of the branches from our tree, but Tree of Life has been in Pittsburgh for 154 years. We're not going anywhere.
There is nothing under our law that compels a rabbi, minister or pastor of any kind to perform a marriage that that person doesn’t want to perform, that was the law before the Supreme Court decision. And that remains the law afterwards.
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Translations for Rabbi
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- رَابِي, رَاڤٌ, حَبْرٌ, حَاخَامٌArabic
- rabíCatalan, Valencian
- ραββίνος, ραβίνοςGreek
- rabbiini, rabbiFinnish
- רַב, רַבִּיHebrew
- rabbi, rabiIndonesian
- rabbin, rabbinarNorwegian Nynorsk
- rabbiner, rabbiNorwegian
- ре́бе, равви́н, ра́ббиRussian
- rabin, рабинSerbo-Croatian
- раби́н, ра́бі, ре́бе, рави́нUkrainian
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