Definitions

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  • noun Judaism The wife of a rabbi.
  • noun Judaism Mrs

Etymologies

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From Yiddish רביצין (rebetsn), from Hebrew רב (rebbe, "master") plus Slavic -itsa (feminine suffix) plus German -in (feminine suffix).

Examples

  • Not so long ago, I shared the views of colleagues who felt that Jewish women could never again submit to the indignity of mikveh (ritual bath); the title rebbetzin was demeaning; and the matriarchal longing for babies was also ideologically dubious.

    Lori Lefkovitz: Statement

  • It seems that Nell's experiences as the silent partner to so many luminaries in New York prepared her for her new role as "rebbetzin," which she took very seriously, even beyond his untimely death in 1962.

    We Remember - Nell Ziff Pekarsky, 1910 - 1998

  • In addition to her role as a rebbetzin, Hanna worked as a Hebrew teacher, coordinated volunteer services at the Jewish Convalescent Home, and founded Bikur Cholim, a network of volunteers who care for the ill and their families.

    Personal Information for Hanna Shaina Weinberg

  • Celia received a traditional Jewish education, studying with a rebbetzin until the age of 8, and then went to a Russian school and gymnasium.

    Personal Information for Celia Dropkin

  • In addition to her role as a rebbetzin, Hanna worked as a Hebrew teacher, coordinated volunteer services at the Jewish Convalescent Home, and founded Bikur Cholim, a network of volunteers who care for the ill and their families.

    Personal Information for Hanna Shaina Weinberg

  • Celia received a traditional Jewish education, studying with a rebbetzin until the age of 8, and then went to a Russian school and gymnasium.

    Personal Information for Celia Dropkin

  • Should a healthy baby be born, the new mother returned the talisman (with its heightened power) to her rebbetzin, who could pass it on to the next struggling woman in need.

    Lori Lefkovitz: Statement

  • In addition to her role as a rebbetzin, Hanna worked as a Hebrew teacher, coordinated volunteer services at the Jewish Convalescent Home, and founded Bikur Cholim, a network of volunteers who care for the ill and their families.

    Narrator from Weaving Women's Words: Baltimore Stories

  • In 1936, she married Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, thereby becoming the Satmar rebbetzin [traditional title given to the wife of an orthodox rabbi].

    Faige Teitelbaum.

  • While this little story expresses great admiration and respect for the rebbetzin, it contains not the slightest bit of information about her characteristics, personality, actions or life.

    Hasidic Hebrew Fiction: Portrayal of Women.

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