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 This isn’t news for those of us who have dedicated our lives to the rabbinate or priesthood. Ari Lamm, WSJ, "The Prospects of American Religion Have Never Been Higher," 29 Apr. 2021 Elder believes Marx chose the rabbinate as a career for two reasons. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbi Robert J. Marx, social activist and leader of North Shore congregations, dies at 93," 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, "Reform rabbi is first to serve in Israel’s Knesset," 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, "Barred from marrying by the rabbis, Israelis find a pandemic workaround — in Utah," 8 Mar. 2021 His goal, in his rabbinate, is to help people one on one with their spiritual and emotional journeys. Eli Reiter, Wired, "How One Rabbi Uses Roleplaying Games to Build Community," 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, "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

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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 7 May. 2021.

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