rab·​bin·​ic | \ rə-ˈbi-nik How to pronounce rabbinic (audio) , ra- \
variants: or rabbinical \ rə-​ˈbi-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce rabbinic (audio) , ra-​ \

Definition of rabbinic

1 : of or relating to rabbis or their writings
2 : of or preparing for the rabbinate
3 : comprising or belonging to any of several sets of Hebrew characters simpler than the square Hebrew letters

Other Words from rabbinic

rabbinically \ rə-​ˈbi-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rabbinic (audio) , ra-​ \ adverb

Examples of rabbinic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The college is facing a record $8.8 million deficit, according to the proposal, and rabbinic student enrollment has dropped by 37% over the last 15 years. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2022 But the Rabbinical Assembly, the rabbinic arm of the Conservative movement, has deemed them acceptable to consume during Passover. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Volozhin was home to the Etz Hayim yeshiva, a pioneering advanced academy for young men where pupils would pore over the Talmud, the classic rabbinic text of Jewish law. Zev Eleff, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 Bat mitzvah was part of the rabbinic arsenal for keeping newly trick-or-treating Jews in the fold. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 In fact, the noun Shechinah first appears in rabbinic literature after the Temples have been destroyed. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 10 May 2021 Without Hebrew letters, the language would be stripped of its ties to the Bible and other rabbinic literature. The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 At the time, Jewish thought was dominated by Talmudists, orthodox scholars of rabbinic law. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 There’s also a 1978 portrait of de Waal’s father, Victor de Waal, which the author says looks rabbinic. Sandee Brawarsky, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rabbinic

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rabbinic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbinic. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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