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/ræv; Hebrew rav/
noun (Judaism)
a rabbi who is a person's religious mentor, or one to whom questions are addressed for authoritative decision
the title preferred by many orthodox rabbis to distinguish them from the clergy of other brands of Judaism
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  • The rav was standing by the ark, wrapped in his Tallis, and expounding to a crowded congregation.

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  • But the rav is ashamed to imitate him, or is partly afraid, lest people should catch him doing it.

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  • This has a bad effect on the rav's enthusiasm, it "mixes his brains," and he turns to his son for help.

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  • And the rav sat in his room, bent over a book in which he would fain have lost himself.

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  • The more modest and simple the rav, the haughtier and more exigent the Rebbetzin.

  • The rav is naturally humble-minded, and it is no trifle to him to expound the Torah.

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  • Just then Sholem turned, they saw each other, and the rav had willy-nilly to approach him.

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  • And the rav felt, as he went on with the prayer, that this anger was cooling down.

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  • The rav wept and swallowed his tears, and his eyes were closed.

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rav in Medicine

RAV abbr.
Rous-associated virus

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