- a teacher in a Jewish school.
- (often initial capital letter) a title of respect for the leader of a Hasidic group.
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Examples from the Web for rebbe
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So says Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff, Rebbe of the Zhvil-Mezbuz Hasidic sect.Does Tikkun Olam Mean Anything Anymore?
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Being obedient disciples, they got in their carriages and followed their rebbe.
The rebbe looked at one of the peasants and put out his hand with his palm to the ceiling.
Everyone circled around the rebbe and the Jews as they walked to the center of the dance floor.
The rebbe exchanges his skull-cap for his street cap, is about to go.
The fingers of the rebbe were long, and the nails, I am afraid, were not very clean.
The rebbe regards the pupil in amazement mixed with anxiety.
Tall and lean was the rebbe, with a lean, pointed face and a thin, pointed beard.
Rebbe, translating: "In the beginning God created the earth."
- the usually dynastic leader of a Chassidic sect
- an individual's chosen spiritual mentor
Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi
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Word Origin and History for rebbe
1881, from Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbi (see rabbi).
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