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

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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 These characters were inspired by a variety of biblical and rabbinic sources in which children ask certain questions about the celebration of the Passover. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, "This Passover, as in the past, will be a time to recognize tragedies and offer hope for the future," 24 Mar. 2021 They were also organized in the effort by T’ruah, a liberal rabbinic human rights organization. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "Volunteering to aid voters in Philadelphia, rabbis encounter the unexpected: Peace and optimism," 4 Nov. 2020 The earliest reference to Rosh Hashanah in a rabbinic text comes from the Mishnah, a Jewish legal text that dates from A.D. 200. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why Rosh Hashanah kicks off the Jewish New Year in the fall—not January," 18 Sep. 2020 Two rabbinic teachings offer insights into the matter. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Ha’azinu parsha: Moshe (Moses), the man," 21 Sep. 2020 As a solo parent, Alter juggles his rabbinic High Holy Day preparations with the daily demands of raising twin 3-year-old daughters, Ayelet and Annael. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treats symbolize hope for sweetness as Jewish community prepares for a socially distant Rosh Hashanah," 12 Sep. 2020 In May, the rabbinic arm of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism issued a 30-page opinion formally allowing the use of electronic devices to stream services for Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Shabbat dinners amid the pandemic: An ancient Jewish tradition goes virtual," 14 Aug. 2020 As rabbinic authorities have urged households to maintain social distancing, the community has rushed to help those who will be observing the holiday alone or without their families. Leila Millerstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Worried about coronavirus isolation during Passover, L.A.'s Jews find ways to connect," 8 Apr. 2020 In 2015, two Israeli rabbis sued the French government in a rabbinic court for control of the site. Washington Post, "France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem," 8 Nov. 2019

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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 14 Apr. 2021.

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: of or relating to rabbis, their writings, or their teachings

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