rebbe

Definitions

  • the spiritual leader of a Hasidic sect

Example Sentences

  • "Satmar now has two rebbes."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

רבי rebe

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Also refers in Yiddish to the teacher of a heder.

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