rab·​bin·​ate | \ ˈra-bə-nət How to pronounce rabbinate (audio) , -ˌnāt \

Definition of rabbinate

1 : the office or tenure of a rabbi
2 : the whole body of rabbis

Examples of rabbinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Israeli Jews can only marry through the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate, there is no public transportation from Friday afternoon through Saturday night, and most businesses are closed on Shabbat. NBC News, "Israel's gridlock continues as Gantz attempts to form government," 23 Oct. 2019 The rabbinate does not recognize any conversions performed abroad by non-Orthodox rabbis and has also rejected some performed by Orthodox rabbis. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Slight majority of Israelis want easier conversion to Judaism process, survey finds," 4 June 2019 Jews of color remain few and far between in the rabbinate and community leadership roles. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Filipino-American dancer turned rabbi wants to change the conversation about Jews of color," 3 July 2019 In recent years, the OU's women members have sought a greater voice in Torah scholarship and learning; in other Jewish movements, passion for Jewish learning has, in recent decades, translated into women pursuing the rabbinate. Elizabeth Kratz, Jewish Journal, "How the OU prompted programs that meet women's needs," 14 June 2018 That same day, the cabinet introduced a bill that would grant the Orthodox chief rabbinate more control over religious conversions in the Jewish state. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can Rabbi Rick Jacobs Save Liberal Zionism in the Age of Netanyahu?," 9 Apr. 2018 Siegal feels that this upcoming honor is truly beyond any other moments of her rabbinate. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Miami rabbi among community leaders to be honored for humanitarian efforts," 2 Mar. 2018 For me, that’s a reflection of the priorities of my rabbinate. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "‘I’ve Spent My Life Studying These Books That Say Decency Actually Matters’," 17 Dec. 2017 To Aaron, the sermon is his wake-up call to return to the rabbinate. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of rabbinate

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rabbinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbinate. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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