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Judaism /
Rabbi
Hebrew: rab
Arabic: 'al-habr



Chief Ashkenazi rabbi, Yona Metzger.
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Chief Ashkenazi rabbi, Yona Metzger.

Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar. Photo: Miriam Alster.
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Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar. Photo: Miriam Alster.

Rabbi is the title of those learned in the Torah in Judaism. But it has more and more come to indicate the minister in a specific synagogue (who, of course, is learned in the Torah). Increasingly, the designation is used more and more as 'priest' similar to a religious leader in Christianity).
Hebrew for 'my master'.
For centuries, the postion of rabbi was open only to men, but Reform Judaism, Conservative Judaism and the Reconstructionists have in the last 25 years opened it to women as well.
The term "Rabbi" is also used as the name for Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi, the leading pesonality in Judaism of the 2nd century, who was known largely for his role as the editor of the Mishnah (see Talmud).
The term has also been used as a designation of a holy man in Judaism in North Africa, similar to that of Islamic "sidi".




By Tore Kjeilen