Rav (Hebrew: ) is the Hebrew word for rabbi.
Rav or RAV may also refer to:
- Rav (Amora) or Abba Arika (175–247), Jewish Talmudist
- RAV-FM, a low-power radio station in Thornhill, Ontario
- RAV Line or Canada Line, in Greater Vancouver
- Ravenglass railway station's National Rail station code
- Reliable AntiVirus, a core technology of Windows Live OneCare
- Cravo Norte Airport, an airport in Colombia
- Rav, Kutch, a village in Rapar Taluka of Kutch district of Gujarat, India
In the Talmud, the title Rav generally precedes the names of Babylonian Amoraim, whereas the title Rabbi generally precedes the names of ordained scholars in Palestine (whether Tannaim or Amoraim).
In the Talmud, Rav or Rab (used alone) is a common name for Abba Arika, the first Amora, who established the great yeshiva at Sura, which, using the Mishnah as text, led to the compilation of the Talmud.
In some Hasidic groups, the Rebbe is also referred to as a Rav; in other circles, the Rav is distinct from the Rebbe and is the highest Dayan (judge of a Jewish religious court of law) of the group.
The term rav is also a generic term for a teacher or a personal spiritual guide. For example, Pirkei Avot tells us that "Joshua ben Perachyah said: Provide for yourself a teacher (rav)."
Usage examples of "rav".
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Rabbi Isaac Luria, Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Toy, Rav Yehuda Ashlag, Rav Yehuda Brandwein.
My father, Rav Berg, had been raised in a strictly observant Jewish environment in Brooklyn.
My brother, Yehuda, and I read the Zohar, the works of Rabbi Ashlag, and the other sacred texts with our father, Rav Berg, as our guide.
Andreas was insisting, spacing each word between kisses so rav ishingly tender that Saskia felt as though she was melting.