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).
A Rabbi is a religious leader, teacher, or scholar in Judaism, knowledgeable and trained in Jewish law, tradition, and often ordained for religious teaching or leadership. The word "Rabbi" is derived from the Hebrew term Rav, which means "great one" or "master." Rabbis often lead religious services, provide interpretations on Jewish law, deliver sermons, and in certain cases, provide pastoral care.
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.
The Hebrew word means my great one; it is used for a recognized teacher of the Scriptures.
Any of the old testament authors that wrote part of the scriptures in Genesis are scribes considered to be a Rabbi to the listeners as teachers.
Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 18, 2023
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
The man looked for a synagogue near the airport, had the rabbi contact another rabbi in New York that he felt could move the meter on the release of Aafia Siddiqui,there were antisemitic slurs during his rant as well as by Siddiqui during her trial. There must be no question that he targeted Jews.
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.
Rabbi Epstein still firmly believes that he was protecting women's rights and was protecting the agunahs and the families.
We were married by a reformed rabbi in Long Island. A very reformed rabbi. A Nazi.
A number of years ago, I heard Rabbi Wolpe tell a story of a man asking God when God would send someone to save their city. God replied I did. I sent you. What is this story? and who was talking to God?
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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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