rabbinate

noun
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 From this perspective, halachah is a partnership between the laity and the rabbinate, with the laity playing a critical role in the halachic process. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 9 May 2022 When that contract expires May 31, Denker will retire after 18 years as the Reform temple’s spiritual leader and a 38-year career in the rabbinate. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 6 May 2022 The store’s employees said customers in this affluent, largely secular suburb of Tel Aviv are fine with having a Tzohar certificate on the wall rather than the official rabbinate document. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Lawler also carefully narrates the dramatic and consequential rifts between the increasingly powerful Orthodox Jewish rabbinate in Jerusalem and its largely secular, scholarly counterparts. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Polls consistently show a significant majority of Jewish Israelis want the state to recognize all marriages equally, but the rabbinate restricts the rite almost exclusively to brides and grooms who can show an uninterrupted line of Jewish mothers. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 After starting undergraduate work at City College of New York, Rabbi Rubenstein finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Cincinnati while studying for the rabbinate at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 The chief rabbinate of Israel said it is forbidden for Jews to walk on the site in 2005 because of its holiness. Ken Chitwood, The Conversation, 12 May 2021 This isn’t news for those of us who have dedicated our lives to the rabbinate or priesthood. Ari Lamm, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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