- the chief religious official of a synagogue, trained usually in a theological seminary and duly ordained, who delivers the sermon at a religious service and performs ritualistic, pastoral, educational, and other functions in and related to his or her capacity as a spiritual leader of Judaism and the Jewish community.Compare cantor(def 2).
- a title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher.
- a Jewish scholar qualified to rule on questions of Jewish law.
- any of the Jewish scholars of the 1st to 6th centuries a.d. who contributed to the writing, editing, or compiling of the Talmud.
- Slang. a personal patron or adviser, as in business.
Origin of rabbi1
Origin of rabbi2
Examples from the Web for rabbi
Freundel is also rabbi of the prominent Kesher Israel synagogue in Washington.Accusations Pile Up on Top D.C. Rabbi Barry Freundel
Steven I. Weiss
October 15, 2014
His office let Rabbi Yehuda Kolko get away without jail time or registering as a sex offender.The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
October 7, 2014
He remembered one day when Rabbi Bodenheimer came outside during recess.
Now if he had problems, and felt he was abused he had me or the Rabbi in his Shul to discuss it with.
If confirmed, Rabbi Saperstein will have more than his share of work cut out for him.Religious Leaders Hail Obama’s New Ambassador
July 29, 2014
And let the sheikh and the priest and the rabbi embrace on that very Stump and make up.The Book of Khalid
Give her one child, and it shall be Thine—if it is a son, to be a Rabbi in Thy synagogues.
No one came near them—neither Moor nor Jew, neither Rabbi nor elder.
She was too innocent to see the trick, but the Rabbi failed.
But a Chacham (Rabbi), unappeased, raised a loud plaint of blasphemy.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- (in Orthodox Judaism) a man qualified in accordance with traditional religious law to expound, teach, and rule in accordance with this law
- the religious leader of a congregation; the minister of a synagogue
- the Rabbis the early Jewish scholars whose teachings are recorded in the Talmud
Word Origin and History for rabbi
"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" (cf. robh "multitude;" Aramaic rabh "great; chief, master, teacher;" Arabic rabba "was great," rabb "master").