One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The wife of a rabbi.
- ‘We telephoned our rabbi and rebbetzin back home in Eugene, Oregon.’
- ‘Our rebbetzin (rabbi's wife) knew that both of us were single.’
- ‘One long-married rebbetzin suggested making a list of all the reasons you married him and keep it handy.’
- ‘Only the rebbetzin still comes, she knits beside her husband's bed; wife and husband do not always, Kreutzer knows, need words.’
2A female religious teacher.
- ‘Elana Rosenblatt, a 28-year-old Aish rebbetzin in London, recently passed away from cancer.’
- ‘As soon as I got home, I telephoned my rebbetzin.’
- ‘That's okay, I though you had to be a lot older and grayer and at least have a few grandchildren to be a real rebbetzin anyway!’
- ‘The Ruchama Project is also dedicated to the memory of Elana Rosenblatt, a 28-year-old mother of four and an Aish rebbetzin in London, on August 8, 2001.’
Yiddish, feminine of rebbe (see rebbe).
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