rabbi

1 [rab-ahy]
noun, plural rabbis.
1.
the chief religious official of a synagogue, trained usually in a theological seminary and duly ordained, who delivers the sermon at a religious service and performs ritualistic, pastoral, educational, and other functions in and related to his or her capacity as a spiritual leader of Judaism and the Jewish community. Compare cantor ( def 2 ).
2.
a title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher.
3.
a Jewish scholar qualified to rule on questions of Jewish law.
4.
any of the Jewish scholars of the 1st to 6th centuries a.d. who contributed to the writing, editing, or compiling of the Talmud.
5.
Slang. a personal patron or adviser, as in business.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English rabi (< Old French rab(b)i) < Late Latin rabbī < Greek rhabbí < Hebrew rabbī my master (rabh master + my)

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rabbi

2 [rab-ee]
noun Ecclesiastical.

Origin:
by alteration

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rabbi (ˈræbaɪ)
 
n , pl -bis
1.  (in Orthodox Judaism) a man qualified in accordance with traditional religious law to expound, teach, and rule in accordance with this law
2.  the religious leader of a congregation; the minister of a synagogue
3.  the Rabbis the early Jewish scholars whose teachings are recorded in the Talmud
 
[Hebrew, from rabh master + my]

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rabbi
"Jewish doctor of religious law," 1484, (in O.E. in biblical context only; in M.E. also as a title prefixed to personal names), from L.L. rabbi, from Gk. rhabbi, from Mishnaic Heb. rabbi "my master," from rabh "master, great one," title of respect for Jewish doctors of law + -i, first person sing. pronominal
suffix. From Sem. root r-b-b "to be great or numerous" (cf. robh "multitude;" Arabic rabba "was great," rabb "master"). The -n- in rabbinical (1622) is via Fr. form rabbin, from M.L. rabbinus (cf. It. rabbino, Sp., Port. rabino), perhaps from a presumed plural of the Heb. word.
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rabbi definition


In Judaism, a teacher and leader of worship, usually associated with a synagogue.

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Rabbi definition


my master, a title of dignity given by the Jews to their doctors of the law and their distinguished teachers. It is sometimes applied to Christ (Matt. 23:7, 8; Mark 9:5 (R.V.); John 1:38, 49; 3:2; 6:25, etc.); also to John (3:26).

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We'll leave those problems up to you and your rabbi.
One common worry was that all this kosher labelling was going on without a rabbi in sight.
Yes, they wanted a rabbi to be with them in their last minutes.
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