Meaning of rebbe in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɛbə/


  • A rabbi, especially a religious leader of the Hasidic sect.

    ‘He was also concerned about the concept of the rebbe (as the leader of each Hassidic sect was called) as it made each community extremely dependent on one person's interpretation of Judaism.’
    • ‘Though aspiring to the position of the charismatic Hasidic rebbe, transformed, to be sure to the secular world, he was never suited for such a role: he was retiring even reclusive, though quietly ambitious and cunning.’
    • ‘Instead of becoming angry at his assaulter, the Rebhe of Talno reached out and caught the stone, keeping it as a cherished reminder of the loving devotion of a hassid for his rebbe.’
    • ‘There is a Hassidic story about a rebbe who saw a frantically busy man, and he asked the man where he was running in such a frenzied rush.’
    • ‘Mordechai is a much-loved rebbe and teacher in a men's yeshiva, and also teaches Jewish Studies at Bar Ilan.’
    • ‘As a young scholar, the great chassidic rebbe, Reb Bunim, traveled extensively on business throughout Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘There is a wonderful story told about some Chassidim who hid to watch their rebbe pray in the morning.’
    • ‘Our rebbes reach us that there are three kinds of mitzvot.’
    • ‘The rebbe told him not to worry: the prayers are never wasted.’
    • ‘Cutting across these lines, there is the question of how to interpret the assertion, proffered by the Rebbe himself, that a rebbe is the Essence and Being of God.’
    spiritual teacher, teacher, tutor, sage, counsellor, mentor, guiding light, spiritual leader, leader, master


Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī ‘rabbi’.