from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of rabbis.

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  • adj. Referring to rabbis, their writings, or their work.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the rabbis, or to their opinions, learning, and language. The term rabbinical has been applied to all the Jewish exegetical writings composed after the Christian era.

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  • adj. of or relating to rabbis or their teachings


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From obsolete rabbin, rabbi, from French, from Old French rabain, probably from Aramaic rabbīn, pl. of rab, master; see rabbi.


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  • Hence arose a new form of written Hebrew, called rabbinical from its origin and use among the rabbins.

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  • Marmur, vice-president of Hebrew Union College, a Reform Judaism institution, called the rabbinical declarations "shameful, harmful and wrong."

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  • These discussion are nostalgically reminiscent of various conversations I might have participated in in religious class at school and are also a nod to the kind of rabbinical debates that lead to schools of thought on Jewish laws like, but in tongue and cheek.

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  • One amendment effectively would expel from the council any member who "attempts to ordain as a member of the rabbinate, or to denominate as 'rabbinical' or as 'clergy,' a person not eligible to serve as such as those terms are understood under the policies and positions of the RCA."

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  • According to Gerston, all of these social action projects “have always had rabbinical support,” but have come largely at the urging of the membership, many of whom feel the synagogue could do even more.

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  • But as modern people -- in our case a physician and a rabbinical student -- we are committed to minimizing pain.

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  • The first class I choose -- on the late rabbinical thinker Abraham Isaac Kook -- is in a classroom called "RAM 5."

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  • It is a testament to the three major progressive Jewish movements that they are investing heavily in the push for gender equality in the workplace -- through training programs, regulations and more careful templates for rabbinical contracts.

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  • I often get hooked on whatever I'm reading, stay up late and end up tired for my early classes in rabbinical school the next day.

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