rab·​bin·​ic rə-ˈbi-nik How to pronounce rabbinic (audio)
variants or rabbinical
: of or relating to rabbis or their writings
: of or preparing for the rabbinate
: comprising or belonging to any of several sets of Hebrew characters simpler than the square Hebrew letters
rabbinically adverb

Examples of rabbinic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plot concerns a rabbinic prodigy named Nahum, who falls in love with his father-in-law’s young wife and gets her pregnant. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Shavuot became a time to celebrate the study of the Torah and its many rabbinic commentaries, including the Mishnah and the Talmud. Laura Yares, The Conversation, 22 May 2023 Traditionally, Judaism was based on Jewish autonomy – communities governed by rabbinic law – and taking the truth of its beliefs for granted. Joshua Shanes, Fortune, 19 June 2023 Even within the rabbinic tradition, there were regular disagreements: between mystics and rationalists, for example; debates over people claiming to be the messiah; and differences in customs between regions, from medieval Spain to Poland to Yemen. Joshua Shanes, Fortune, 19 June 2023 According to rabbinic tradition, writes Rossella Tercatin for the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai escaped Jerusalem during the Roman siege and eventually won permission from Roman Emperor Vespasian to establish a center of Torah study in Yavne. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021 The claim: Video shows original biblical book of Esther from 1,500 years ago The book of Esther is a part of both the Jewish and Christian religious cannons, referenced in rabbinic literature in the second century A.D and believed to have been written in the early centuries B.C. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 But Israelis are more divided than rabbinic authorities on this issue, and more extreme nationalist voices such as Ben-Gvir have been calling for greater Jewish access to the site, including the right to pray there. Yasmeen Serhan, Time, 4 Jan. 2023 Glikin is partnering with a number of different rabbinic colleagues and will lead two Seders in Warsaw. Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rabbinic was in 1612

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“Rabbinic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbinic. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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