rabbi: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (rab'ī), [key]
— pl. -bis.
- 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. Cf.(def. 2).
- a title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher.
- a Jewish scholar qualified to rule on questions of Jewish law.
- any of the Jewish scholars of the 1st to 6th centuriesa.d.who contributed to the writing, editing, or compiling of the Talmud.
- a personal patron or adviser, as in business.
Pronunciation: (rab'ē), [key]
— n. Eccles.
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