Definition of chief rabbi in US English:

chief rabbi


  • (in the UK and some other countries) the preeminent rabbi of a national Jewish community.

    • ‘In Belgium, thugs beat up the chief rabbi, kicking him in the face and calling him ‘a dirty Jew.’’
    • ‘There were three chairs, the chief rabbi, the president of Italy and the pope, all on three equal thrones.’
    • ‘The problems from this circumstance mounted, until one day the bishop decided something had to be done and called a meeting with the chief rabbi.’
    • ‘Vandals also targeted the former residence of the first chief rabbi, graves at the Jewish cemetery in Dolphin's Barn, an old people's home and the synagogue in Terenure.’
    • ‘Indeed a former ambassador and former chief rabbi have publicly expressed their appreciation.’
    • ‘In 1921, he became the chief rabbi of Palestine.’
    • ‘Though once the chief rabbi of one of Amsterdam's three synagogues and a scholarly resource for Christian humanists and philogists, by the 1650s, Menasseh had been demoted to teaching primary school and giving monthly sermons.’
    • ‘He sent a message to the chief rabbi of Rome's Jewish community saying he wants to continue the relationship with the Jewish community that began under John Paul II.’
    • ‘There have been so many attacks on Jews in recent months that the chief rabbi has urged religious boys and men to wear baseball caps instead of yarmulkes outside their homes.’
    • ‘Organised religion, he declared, was a collection of myths, and Spinoza's refusal to recant led to his being excommunicated in the most fiery terms by Amsterdam's chief rabbi.’
    • ‘In the days when this was a hospital, serving mainly Jews and Muslims, Torrance would meet regularly with the chief rabbi and mufti (Muslim religious leader), both of whom held the doctor in great respect.’
    • ‘I'm Jewish and I'm slightly alarmed that the one religious leader who hasn't spoken out against the war has been the chief rabbi.’
    • ‘The army's chief rabbi has told soldiers they must not disobey orders.’
    • ‘After 1878 a chief rabbinate was created, headed by a chief rabbi.’
    • ‘The chief rabbi had gone on national TV to announce that the man wasn't a Jew.’
    • ‘As he argues in an article on the chief rabbi of New York, most American Jews were nineteenth-century subjects, having ‘grown up’ out of the historical period dominated by the ideas of the Talmud.’
    • ‘The chief rabbi, the ministers, the mayors… none of them have the right words of comfort for me.’
    • ‘At least 60 rabbis, including a former chief rabbi of Israel, have told observant soldiers to disobey.’
    • ‘Born in Hamburg and educated at the University of Bonn, he was the chief rabbi of Moravia, a community of 50,000 Jews.’


chief rabbi

/CHēf ˈrabī//tʃif ˈræbaɪ/