noun (plural rabbis)
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.
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.
- Example sentences
- This party promoted Jewish religious education, established religious schools and strongly promoted the authority of the chief rabbinate over all Jewish matters such as marriage and divorce.
- Until the late nineteenth century, with few rabbis to offer spiritual leadership, the rabbinate in England resolved questions of Jewish law.
- After 1878 a chief rabbinate was created, headed by a chief rabbi.
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