reb·​be | \ ˈre-bə How to pronounce rebbe (audio) \

Definition of rebbe

: a Jewish spiritual leader or teacher : rabbi

Examples of rebbe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, my rebbe in Chumash, Nechama Leibowitz divides the section prior to the flood into six paragraphs. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 19 Oct. 2020 As the Hasidic rebbe said, a little bit of light has the power to drive away all the darkness. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 21 Oct. 2019 His youngest child, Shalom, 13, read from the Torah in the Brooklyn study of the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Marcy Oster,, 10 Sep. 2019 The family visited the rebbe’s grave, the New York Post reported. Marcy Oster,, 10 Sep. 2019 In response, the rebbe asked him to look out the window behind him. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, 25 Sep. 2017 Kiryas Joel was founded in the 1970s by Joel Teitelbaum, the grand rebbe of the Satmar Hasidic sect. The Economist, 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of rebbe

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rebbe

Yiddish rebe, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi

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“Rebbe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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