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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Chief Rabbi
▪ So who do you think you are, Rosenbloom, the new chief rabbi?
the Chief Rabbi
▪ Jacob studied at the Yeshiva de los Pintos at Rotterdam and at the age of twenty-five was already a rabbi in Amsterdam.
▪ Laszlo once wanted to be a rabbi.
▪ Medina had also asked to see a rabbi.
▪ Minna and I went to a rabbi on Kupyetska Street and he gave us a divorce.
▪ My uncle Gabriel, the rabbi, just barely escaped being shot.
▪ The Kirk's answer to the rollicking rabbis was of course Revd James Currie.
▪ What if he had been a vicar, a Methodist minister or a rabbi?
▪ Yet almost none of the congregants ever asks the rabbis or synagogue presidents how they will be voting.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rabbi \Rab"bi\ (r[a^]r"b[imac] or r[a^]r"b[i^]; 277), n.; pl. Rabbis (r[a^]r"b[imac]z or r[a^]r"b[i^]z) or Rabbies. [L., fr. Gr. "rabbi`, Heb. rab[=i] my master, from rab master, lord, teacher, akin to Ar. rabb.] Master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor for a teacher or doctor of the law. ``The gravest rabbies.''

Be not ye called Rabbi, for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.
--Matt. xxiii. 8.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"Jewish doctor of religious law," late 15c. (in Old English in biblical context only; in Middle English also as a title prefixed to personal names), from Late Latin rabbi, from Greek rhabbi, from Mishnaic Hebrew rabbi "my master," from rabh "master, great one," title of respect for Jewish doctors of law + -i, first person singular pronominal suffix. From Semitic root r-b-b "to be great or numerous" (compare robh "multitude;" Aramaic rabh "great; chief, master, teacher;" Arabic rabba "was great," rabb "master").


n. 1 A Jewish scholar or teacher of halacha (Jewish law), capable of making halachic decisions. 2 A Jew who is or is qualified to be the leader of a Jewish congregation. 3 (label en police slang) A senior officer who acts as a mentor.

  1. n. spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law

  2. a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher


In Judaism, a rabbi is a teacher of Torah. This title derives from the Hebrew word , meaning "My Master" (irregular plural רבנים ), which is the way a student would address a master of Torah. The word "master" רב 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. For example, Orthodox Judaism does not ordain women as rabbis, but other movements have chosen to do so for halakhic reasons ( Conservative Judaism) as well as ethical reasons ( Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism).

Rabbi (album)

Rabbi is Rabbi Shergill's debut album released in 2004 by Phat Phish Records. The album was an instant hit and grabbed notable airtime on Indian radio. While the company initially only put out 10,000 copies for sale, the album went on to sell in excess of 100,000 copies.

Rabbi (disambiguation)

Rabbi is a Jewish title.

Rabbi may also refer to:

  • Rabbi (album), a 2004 Punjabi album
  • Rabbi, Trentino, a municipality in Trentino, Italy
  • Rabbi Shergill, an Indian Sufi singer/composer
  • Rabbi (river), a river in Italy

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Rabbi (river)

The Rabbi is a river in the Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy. The source of the river is in the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Park in the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano mountains in the province of Florence. The river crosses the border into the province of Forlì-Cesena and flows northeast near Premilcuore and Predappio before joining the Montone near Forlì.

Usage examples of "rabbi".

Rabbi Solomon ben Adret of Barcelona issued a document labeling Abulafia a dangerous charlatan.

The Apocalyptists and Rabbis attributed pre-existence, that is, a heavenly origin to many sacred things and persons, such as the Patriarchs, Moses, the Tabernacle, the Temple vessels, the city of Jerusalem.

Compared to the stormy Baptist, he had seemed the gentle Rabbi, the soft-spoken Teacher, generally meek in temperament, and not given to such violent emotion as now apparently raged within.

Rabbi Daniel Solomon, spiritual leader of Beit Am Hadash, which is affiliated with ALEPH, or Jewish Renewal.

A short time later I awoke to find myself within a tight circle of a hundred rabbis, all davening with Torahs held aloft behind them or in their arms.

Als hij een rabbi of een dominee was geweest, zei hij tegen zichzelf, zou hij als man in alle opzichten van haar hebben gehouden en God voor elke dag hebben bedankt.

Kareski appeared before the Nazis as if sent by central casting: the caricature of the stage Jew, a crooked usurer, as zealous as any medieval rabbi to keep the Jews apart from unbelieving humankind, and at the head of a brownshirted emigrationist movement.

The rabbi left Miriam to make her way through the front door where stragglers were still coming in, and hurried to a side door that led to the vestry and the narrow staircase to the enrobing room adjoining the altar.

This epidemic of rustic rabbis, with their simplistic philosophy and folksy adages, gives the Jewish religious establishment and the Roman occupiers a rare opportunity for cooperation, for the priests resent the devotion and enthusiasm that the uneducated Wad lavishes on these fanatics, and the Romans see them as foci for social unrest in a population already dangerously unstable.

The mystical visions themselves, concludes Rabbi Hai Gaon, are all historically true, successors to a long tradition of visionary transformations experienced by biblical saints and prophets in higher states of consciousness.

What would the good rabbi say if he saw the highly rational geometer walking into the shop of an astrologer?

When I was writing about the Holocaust and the history of anti-Semitism, I depended upon the wisdom and experience of a rabbi, Haim Horowitz.

The rabbi hung up his topcoat and hat and put on his skullcap and the white robe which was the conservative compromise on the orthodox kittel or grave vestment.

Judaism, and when I entered the rabbinate, it was to become a rabbi of the sort my father was and my grandfather before him, to live the life of a scholar, not in seclusion, not in an ivory tower, but as part of the Jewish community, and somehow to influence it.

A marriage performed by a Conservative or Reform rabbi in Israel is not recognized by the Chief rabbinate, and hence the state of Israel, as legal and binding.