chief rabbi


chief rabbi (tsheef RA-bye) listen


  • n. The head of the rabbinical authority in many Orthodox communities.

Example Sentences

  • "We had the special visit of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Shalita, who met with the head of the Yeshiva and the Rabbi of Kiryat Gat, Rabbi Moshe Havlin Shalita, and together with the mayor Mr. Aviram Dehari, marched to the Great Yeshiva Hall." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Textual Hebrew


  • E 'chief' + TH רַבִּי 'lit. my leader'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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