American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person trained in Jewish law, ritual, and tradition and ordained for leadership of a Jewish congregation, especially one serving as chief religious official of a synagogue.
- n. A scholar qualified to interpret Jewish law.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, ‘my master’: a title of respect or of office (of higher dignity than rab) given to Jewish doctors or expounders of the law. In modern Jewish usage the term is strictly applied only to those who are authorized by ordination to decide legal and ritualistic questions, and to perform certain designated functions, as to receive proselytes, etc.; but it is given by courtesy to other distinguished Jewish scholars. By persons not Hebrews it is often applied to any one ministering to a Jewish congregation, to distinguish him from a Christian clergyman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor for a teacher or doctor of the law.
- n. spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law
- n. a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
- From Late Latin rabbi, and its source Ancient Greek ῥαββί, from (post-biblical) Hebrew רבי (rabbi, "my master"), from רַב (ráv, “master [of]”) + ־־י (-i, “me”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rabi, from Old French, from Late Latin rabbī, master, from Greek rhabbi, O my master, from Hebrew and Aramaic rabbî, my master : rab, master (from rab, to become great; see rbb in Semitic roots) + -î, my. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is sort of a generic term, sort of like the term rabbi means teacher.”
“In the first story, while the rabbi is away on his own journey, his cat takes a trip with Malka of the Lions, who some believe to be the pious Jew, others a disliked womanizer.”
“Mr. Hier, a rabbi, is the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance.”
“But, he also got responses such as this, from an Orthodox colleague, A gay Orthodox rabbi is an absurdity as inconceivable as an Orthodox rabbi who eats cheeseburgers on Yom Kippur.”
“This hesder yeshiva, a school for Israeli Jewish men who combine military service with religious study, often attracting strict adherents of the militant settler movement, is run by Yossi Stern, a rabbi from the militant West Bank settlement of Elon Moreh.”
“Like a good Jewish boy, I called my rabbi for counsel (something I probably wouldn't have admitted in print to doing before last week).”
“(Anti-Semitic blacks would do well to remember he was preceded by a rabbi from the American Jewish Congress.)”
“Rey Smith: "The rabbi is a fool for equating a pre-Christian druidic fertility symbol with a menorah, which is a central icon of the Judaic faith.”
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