rab·​bin·​ate | \ˈra-bə-nət, -ˌnāt\

Definition of rabbinate 

1 : the office or tenure of a rabbi

2 : the whole body of rabbis

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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 Farber charged that the rabbinate has no explicit criteria for determining the Jewishness of people who wish to marry in Israel. Ilan Ben Zion, Jewish Journal, "Israeli list of unrecognized US rabbis points to rift," 10 July 2017 Under court pressure, the rabbinate agreed to release the names of rabbis whose certification letters were rejected last year. Washington Post, "Israeli list of unrecognized US rabbis points to rift," 9 July 2017 Israelis whose Judaism is questioned by the rabbinate — or who just do not want to adhere to its strictures — have made an end-run around the institution by marrying abroad, particularly in Cyprus; the government recognizes these unions. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "New Western Wall Prayer Space Highlights Wider Divide Among Jews," 2 Feb. 2016 Separately, ministers approved a bill that would maintain the rabbinate’s monopoly on conversion. Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg.com, "Attack on Free Speech or Reality Check? Israel Debates Code," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of rabbinate

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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