Meaning of rabbi in English:

rabbi

Pronunciation /ˈrabʌɪ/

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nounrabbis

  • 1A Jewish scholar or teacher, especially one who studies or teaches Jewish law.

    ‘With my rabbi teaching me Torah and how to ask the big questions, it became harder and harder to travel and feel good about it.’
    • ‘The ideal rabbi is a Torah scholar who guides the members of the Jewish community he serves.’
    • ‘The interviewee began to study with a rabbi and to consider conversion to Judaism.’
    • ‘It is regarded as a good thing by just about every Jew that there are Talmudic scholars and rabbis.’
    • ‘I felt the presence of our people, of their daily lives as merchants, teachers, rabbis, doctors, and tailors.’
    • ‘I have had many people in my life including rabbis and teachers who have greatly influenced me.’
    • ‘The rabbi had taught that the only causal force in the universe is God.’
    • ‘My husband waited for me in the anteroom while I entered the rabbi's study to speak with him privately.’
    • ‘Does it matter if one of her professors, himself a rabbi, teaches with an eye toward pastoral work?’
    • ‘They do this through courses, or by individual study with a rabbi.’
    • ‘A few years later the rabbi was studying and came across some money stuck in his book.’
    • ‘In Vilnius, Lithuania, his father's family were scholars and rabbis with huge private libraries.’
    • ‘So before going ahead with any procedure, consult with a rabbi well-versed in Talmud and Jewish law.’
    • ‘He is capable of learning what he thinks is worthwhile from each of these rabbis, from each of these sects, although he studies at the yeshiva in Cotia.’
    • ‘The text of the Gemara is quoting the rabbis who lived from about 200 CE to about 500 CE.’
    • ‘In a Midrash, the ancient rabbis asked why Eve was created from Adam's side.’
    • ‘He gave us the name of a rabbi in New York who was an acknowledged expert in these questions.’
    • ‘The Oral Torah came with the implicit threat of karet-mess with the rabbis and you will be cut off - and established a scholar caste of educated men.’
    academic, intellectual, learned person, professor, man of letters, woman of letters, mind, intellect, savant, polymath, highbrow, bluestocking
    1. 1.1A person appointed as a Jewish religious leader.
      ‘When a community accepts a rabbi as their religious leader, his decisions are binding in all cases.’
      • ‘Every now and then the loudspeakers burst into life and one of the rabbis or the religious leaders inside relays a message to those outside to tell them to keep up the fight, to keep being strong.’
      • ‘Those rabbis, priests, imams, gurus and other religious leaders have had it good too long.’
      • ‘Talk with your rabbi, priest, pastor or other spiritual leader about resources.’
      • ‘Our ecumenical outreach was limited, and I don't remember visits to our home by Jewish rabbis or Catholic priests.’
      • ‘There are, the report said, rabbis and imams in Jewish and Muslim neighborhoods.’
      • ‘Women's active presence this past week was a sign of change, as was the presence of many rabbis and leaders of other faiths.’
      • ‘Since the Middle Ages, rabbis served as spiritual leaders of communities.’
      • ‘Most are too insecure to consult a rabbi or join a religious community.’
      • ‘They did not take the time to find out which pastor or rabbi was a leader in an area and which congregations people attended.’
      • ‘We hold dialogues and discussion groups with all faiths and enjoy the opportunity to work alongside of rabbis, ministers, preachers and priests everywhere.’
      • ‘Jewish rabbis and Islamic imams derive their authority from their mastery of a specific set of religious legal texts and the application of those texts to everyday life.’
      • ‘A rabbi differs from clergymen in other religions in a number of ways.’
      • ‘Pastors, ministers, rabbis, imans, etc influence large audiences in their weekly sermons.’
      • ‘He regularly has clerics, rabbis and priests on for spirited debate.’
      • ‘The argument is effectively advocating locking up priests, rabbis and imams for doing nothing more than professing their beliefs.’
      • ‘The day after my father died, his rabbi came to talk to the family in preparation for the funeral.’
      • ‘Mullahs, priests, rabbis - the business of religion was traditionally the males.’
      • ‘Perhaps his father served as a community rabbi and he naturally chose the same calling.’
      • ‘If only all priests and mullahs and rabbis exercised the same responsibility and rigour in their pronouncements.’

Origin

Late Old English, via ecclesiastical Latin and Greek from Hebrew rabbī ‘my master’, from raḇ ‘master’.