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 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 Elder believes Marx chose the rabbinate as a career for two reasons. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2021 But this year, the status of Reform Jews in Israel — who are not recognized by the country’s Orthodox rabbinate — became a campaign issue. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, 25 Mar. 2021 The rabbinate has also challenged the Jewish identity of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who fled to Israel after the 1989 collapse of the Soviet Union. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 His goal, in his rabbinate, is to help people one on one with their spiritual and emotional journeys. Eli Reiter, Wired, 21 Jan. 2021 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, 23 Oct. 2019

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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