rabbanit

Pronunciations

rabbanit (rah-bah-NEET) listen

Definitions

  • n. Wife or widow of a rabbi

  • n. Female rabbinic leader or Torah scholar, regardless of her marital status

Example Sentences

  • "There is no such thing as a “Rabbanit.” It simply means “Wife of Rabbi” and anyone claiming it means more is ignorant of Judaism on multiple levels." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • רבנית rabanit - raban 'rabbi' with a feminizing suffix -it

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      rabanit

Notes

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