n. A rabbi/scholar who makes halachic decisions/rulings.
"That rabbi is a great posek."
"I'd love to do it, but my posek doesn't allow it."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
"A posek is one who paskens (from Yiddish paskn) or gives a pesak (from Hebrew pesak and Yiddish psak, 'decision, judgment, verdict') on a halachic question. The plural poskim or posekim is used primarily to designate the post-Gaonic scholars who collected, arranged, and systematically codified the halachahs ... distinguished from the meforshim..." (Steinmetz)
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