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Rabbis

This is a list of prominent Rabbis.
Rabbis are Judaism's spiritual and religious leaders.




  1. * Shimon Hatzadik
  2. * Antigonus of Sokho
  3. * Jose ben Joezer, Nasi of the Sanhedrin during the Maccabean wars of independence.
  4. * Jose ben Johanan, Av Beit Din of the Sanhedrin during the Maccabean wars of independence.
  5. * Joshua ben Perachyah, Nasi of the Sanhedrin during the reign of John Hyrcanus.
  6. * Nittai of Arbela, Av Beit Din of the Sanhedrin during the reign of John Hyrcanus.
  7. * Judah ben Tabbai, Nasi of the Sanhedrin during the reign of Alexander Jannæus and Queen Salome.
  8. * Simeon ben Shetach, Av Beit Din of the Sanhedrin during the reign of Alexander Jannæus and Queen  Salome.
  9. * Shemaya, Nasi of the Sanhedrin during the reign of Hyrcanus II.
  10. * Avtalyon, Av Beit Din of the Sanhedrin during the reign of Hyrcanus II. A convert to Judaism.
  11. * Hillel the Elder, Nasi of the Sanhedrin during the reign of King Herod the Great.
  12. * Shammai, Av Beit Din of the Sanhedrin during the reign of King Herod the Great.
  13. * Akiva, 1st century Judea, central scholar in Mishnah
  14. * Judah haNasi, 2nd century, Judah the Prince, in Judea, redactor (editor) of the Mishnah
  15. * Shimon bar Yochai, 1st century mystic, reputed author of the Zohar
  16. * Yohanan ben Zakkai, 1st century sage in Judea, key to the development of the Mishnah
  17. * Eliezer son of Jose the Galilean (?-c.160), famous for Baraita of Thirty-Two mitzvoth. Father of Rabbi 
  18. Hananiah.
  19. * Abaye, 3rd century Talmudist
  20. * Abba Arika, known as Rav, last Tanna, first Amora. Moved from Israel to Babylon, 3rd century.
  21. * Abbahu, 4th century Talmudist
  22. * Eleazar Kalir, early Talmudic liturgist and poet
  23. * Hamnuna - Several rabbis in the Talmud had this name.
  24. * Hillel, son of Gamaliel III, 3rd century, in Judea, grandson of Judah ha-Nasi, and younger brother of Judah Nesiah
  25. * Hillel II, 4th century creator of the Hebrew calendar, in Judea, son of Judah Nesiah, grandson of Gamaliel IV
  26. * Judah II, 3rd century sage, sometimes called Judah Nesi'ah and Rebbi like his grandfather
  27. * Judah III, 4th century scholar, son of Gamaliel IV, and grandson of Judah II
  28. * Rabbah bar Nahmani
  29. * Rav Ashi, 5th century Babylonian Talmudic sage - primary redactor of the Babylonian Talmud
  30. * Rav Nachman
  31. * Rav Papa
  32. * Rava, important Amora
  33. * Ravina, primary aide to Rav Ashi in the redaction of the Babylonian Talmud
  34. * Resh Lakish
  35. * Shmuel (Talmud), rabbi of Nehardea, physician
  36. * Yochanan, primary author of the Jerusalem Talmud
  37. * Rav Jonah
  38. * Abba Mari, (Minhat Kenaot), 13th century French Talmudist
  39. * Don Isaac Abravanel, (Abarbanel), 15th century philosopher and Torah commentator
  40. * Jacob Berab, 15th-16th century proponent of Semichah (Ordination)
  41. * Abraham ibn Daud, (Sefer HaKabbalah), 12th century Spanish philosopher
  42. * Obadiah ben Abraham of Bertinoro, (Bartenura) 15th century commentator on the Mishnah
  43. * Abraham ben David of Posquières, 1100s, France.
  44. * Abraham ibn Ezra, (Even Ezra), 12th century Spanish-North African Biblical commentator
  45. * Amram Gaon, 9th century organizer of the siddur
  46. * Asher ben Jehiel, (Rosh), 13th century German-Spanish Talmudist
  47. * Bahya ibn Paquda, (Hovot ha-Levavot), 11th century Spanish philosopher and moralist
  48. * Chananel Ben Chushiel (Rabbeinu Chananel), 10th century Tunisian Talmudist
  49. * Dunash ben Labrat, 10th century grammarian and poet
  50. * Eliezer ben Nathan, 12th century poet and pietist
  51. * Hasdai Crescas, (Or Hashem), 14th century Talmudist and philosopher
  52. * Rabbenu Gershom, 11th century German Talmudist and legalist
  53. * Gersonides, Levi ben Gershom, (Ralbag), 14th century French Talmudist and philosopher
  54. * Hillel ben Eliakim, (Rabbeinu Hillel), 12th century Talmudist and disciple of Rashi
  55. * Ibn Tibbon, a family of 12th and 13th century Spanish and French scholars, translators, and leaders
  56. * Isaac Alfasi, (the Rif), 12th century North African and Spanish Talmudist and Halakhist; author of "Sefer Ha-halachot".
  57. * Jacob ben Asher, (Baal ha-Turim ; Arbaah Turim), 14th century German-Spanish Halakhist
  58. * Joseph Albo, (Sefer Ikkarim), 15th century Spain
  59. * Joseph ibn Migash 12th century Spanish Talmudist and Rosh Yeshiva; teacher of Maimon, father of Maimonides
  60. * Maimonides, Moshe Ben Maimon, (Rambam), 12th century Spanish-North African Talmudist, philosopher, and law codifier
  61. * Mordecai ben Hillel, (The Mordechai), 13th century German Halakhist
  62. * Nahmanides, Moshe ben Nahman, (Ramban), 13th century Spanish and Holy Land mystic and Talmudist
  63. * Nissim Ben Jacob (Rav Nissim Gaon) 10th century Tunisian Talmudist
  64. * Nissim of Gerona, (RaN), 14th century Halakhist and Talmudist
  65. * Rashi, (Solomon ben Yitzchak), 11th century Talmudist, the primary commentator of Talmud
  66. * Elazar Rokeach, (Sefer HaRokeach) 12th century German rabbinic scholar
  67. * Saadia Gaon, (Emunoth ve-Deoth ; Siddur) 10th century Exilarch and leader of Babylonian Jewry
  68. * Samuel ben Judah ibn Tibbon, 12th-13th century French Maimonidean philosopher and translator
  69. * Tosafists, (Tosfot) 11th, 12th and 13th century Talmudic scholars in France and Germany
  70. * Yehuda Halevi, (Kuzari), 12th century Spanish philosopher and poet devoted to Zion
  71. * Isaac Abendana, 17th century Sephardic scholar in England
  72. * Jacob Abendana, 17th century Sephardic rabbi in England
  73. * Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, 17th century Dutch scholar and Kabbalist, first Rabbi in the Americas
  74. * Bezalel Ashkenazi, ( Shittah Mekubetzet), 16th century Talmudist
  75. * Yair Bacharach, (Havvot Yair), 17th century German Talmudist
  76. * Moses ben Jacob Cordovero (RaMaK) 16th century Holy Land Kabbalistic scholar
  77. * Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, (Bet Hillel), 17th century Lithuanian scholar
  78. * Samuel Edels, (Mahrsha), 16th century Talmudist
  79. * Kalonymus Haberkasten 16th century Polish rabbi; Rosh Yeshiva of many great Rishonim
  80. * David HaLevi Segal,(Taz)16th century Halakhist, major commentatry on the Shulchan Aruch
  81. * Abraham Cohen de Herrera(RabACH), 16th Century Kabbalist and Philosopher Spanish and Portuguese Jews
  82. * Isaiah Horowitz (Shlah) 16th century Kabbalist and Author - Eastern Europe and Israel
  83. * Moshe Isserles, (Rema), 16th century Polish legal scholar, author of Ha-mappah (component of the Shulchan Aruch)
  84. * Yosef Karo, (Mechaber), 16th century Spanish and Land of Israel legal codifier of the Shulchan Aruch - code of Torah Law
  85. * Meir ben Isaac and his son Samuel Judah Katzenellenbogen of Padua.
  86. * Meir of Lublin, (Maharam), 16th century Posek and Talmudist
  87. * Isaac Luria, (Ari), 16th century Holy Land mystic, founder of Lurianic Kabbalah
  88. * Solomon Luria, (Maharshal), 16th century Posek and Talmudist
  89. * Menasseh Ben Israel, 17th century Dutch rabbi and advocate of resettlement in England
  90. * Shalom Shachna, 16th century Polish Talmudist; Rosh Yeshiva of several great Rishonim
  91. * Judah Low ben Bezalel, (Maharal), 16th century Prague mystic and Talmudist
  92. * Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno, (Sforno), 16th century Italian scholar and rationalist
  93. * Sforno, 15th, 16th, and 17th century family of Italian Torah scholars and philosophers
  94. * Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz, 16th-17th century Torah commentator
  95. * Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, 16th Kabbalist
  96. * Mordecai Yoffe ("Levush") , 16th-17th century Polish rabbi, codifier of halakha
  97. * Chaim Joseph David Azulai (Hida), Sephardi rabbi and bibliographer
  98. * Raphael Berdugo, rabbi in Meknes
  99. * Haim Isaac Carigal, rabbi in Newport, Rhode Island in 1773 who became great influence on Reverend Ezra Stiles, and therefore on Yale University
  100. * Dovber of Mezritch, (Maggid), 18th century Eastern European mystic, primary disciple of the Baal Shem Tov
  101. * Elijah ben Solomon (the Vilna Gaon or Gra), 18th century Talmudist and mystic, Lithuanian leader of the Mitnagdim, opponent of Hasidim
  102. * Jacob Emden, 18th century German Talmudist and mystic
  103. * Israel ben Eliezer, (Baal Shem Tov), 18th century mystic, founder of Hasidic Judaism
  104. * Aaron Hart, Chief rabbi of Great Britain
  105. * David Hassine, Moroccan Jewish poet
  106. * Yechezkel Landau, (Noda Bihudah), 18th century Posek and Talmudist
  107. * Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, (Ramchal), 18th century Italian ethicist, philosopher, and mystic.
  108. * Hart Lyon, Chief rabbi of Great Britain
  109. * David Nieto, English rabbi
  110. * Isaac Nieto, English rabbi
  111. * Shneur Zalman of Liadi, (Alter Rebbe of Chabad), 18th century mystic and Talmudist, founder of Chabad Hasidism and first Chabad Rebbe
  112. * Akiva Eiger, 18th century Talmudist, and communal leader
  113. * Elimelech of Lizhensk, (Noam Elimelech) 18th century Polish mystic and Hasid
  114. * Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev, (Kedushas Leivi) 18th century Polish Hassidic Leader
  115. * Shalom Sharabi, Yemenite rabbi and Kabbalist
  116. Orthodox rabbis: 19th century
  117. * Barnett Abrahams, dayan, Principal of Jews' College, London
  118. * Nathan Marcus Adler, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire
  119. * Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter Sfas Emes Gerrer Rebbe
  120. * Benjamin Artom, Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews
  121. * Salomon Berdugo 19th century Rabbi in Meknes
  122. * Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, (Netziv ; Ha'emek Davar) 19th century head of Volozhin yeshiva in Lithuania
  123. * Avrohom Bornsztain, (Avnei Nezer), first Sochatchover Rebbe
  124. * Zvi Hirsch Chajes (Maharatz Chayes) Galician Talmudic scholar
  125. * Yosef Chayim, the Ben Ish Hai, Iraqi halakhist and preacher
  126. * Yehoshua Leib Diskin, Rabbi in Shklov, Brisk and Jerusalem
  127. * Yechiel Michel Epstein, (Aruch ha-Shulchan) 19th-20th century halakhist and posek (decisor)
  128. * Jacob Ettlinger, 19th century German scholar and opponent of Reform
  129. * Moshe Shmuel Glasner, (Dor Revi'i) 19th-20th century talmudist, chief rabbi of Klausenburg, a founder of Mizrahi
  130. * Moshe Greenwald, Rav of Chust, Hungary and founder of the Puppa Hasidic dynasty
  131. * Jacob of Lissa Galician Halakhist
  132. * Azriel Hildesheimer, 19th century German rabbi and philosopher
  133. * Samson Raphael Hirsch, 19th century German rabbi, founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz movement
  134. * Solomon Herschell, 19th century British Chief Rabbi
  135. * Malbim, Meir Lob ben Jehiel Michael, (The Malbim), 19th century Russian preacher and scholar
  136. * Pele Yoetz, Rabbi Eliezer Papo, Rabbi of the community of Selestria, Bulgaria
  137. * Raphael Meldola, Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews in London
  138. * Frederick de Sola Mendes, Sephardic rabbi in London and America
  139. * Nachman of Breslov, (Rebbe Nachman), 19th century Ukrainian Hasidic Rebbe and mystic
  140. * Zvi Yosef HaKohen Resnick, 19th century rosh yeshiva and educator
  141. * Mnachem HaKohen Risikoff, 19th-20th century scholar and author
  142. * Yisrael Lipkin Salanter, 19th century Lithuanian ethicist and moralist
  143. * Dovber Schneuri, second Rebbe of Chabad
  144. * Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, (Tzemach Tzedek), third Rebbe of Lubavitch
  145. * Shmuel Schneersohn, 19th century Russian fourth Rebbe of Lubavitch
  146. * Yaakov Chaim Sofer, Baghdadi rabbi, author of Kaf ha-Chaim
  147. * Moses Sofer, (Chatam Sofer) 19th century Hungarian rabbi
  148. * Chaim Soloveitchik ("Brisker Rov" 19th century Eastern European rabbi
  149. * Abraham b. Eliezer Lipman Liechtenstein Rabbi of Plotsk
  150. * Chaim Yosef Gottlieb of Stropkov (1790-1867) also known as Stropkover Rov - Chief Rabbi and head of the bet din of Stropkov, Galicia
  151. Orthodox rabbis: 20th century
  152. [edit] Chareidi leaders
  153. * Yehezkel Abramsky, author of Chazon Yehezkel
  154. * Yisrael Abuhatzeira, 20th century Kabbalist
  155. * Avrohom Blumenkrantz, posek and kashrut authority
  156. * Shmuel Bornsztain (I), Shem Mishmuel, Second Sochatchover Rebbe
  157. * Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler, (Michtav Me'Eliyahu) 20th century religious philosopher and ethicist
  158. * Baruch Epstein, (Torah Temimah), 20th century Lithuanian Torah commentator
  159. * Moshe Mordechai Epstein, ( Levush Mordechai), 20th century Talmudist and co-head of Slabodka Yeshiva
  160. * Moshe Feinstein, (Igrot Moshe), 20th century Russian-American legal scholar and Talmudist
  161. * Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, (Kerem HaTzvi), 20th century author, leader and renowned scholar
  162. * Nosson Tzvi Finkel, (Alter / Sabba), early 20th century founder of Slabodka Yeshiva, Lithuania.
  163. * Rogatchover Gaon (Rav Yosef Rosen), Talmudist and Hasidic leader
  164. * Boruch Greenfeld, (Reb Boruch Hermenshtater), 20th century Hasidic mystic and scholar, author of Ohel Boruch
  165. * Yitzchok Hutner, (Pachad Yitzchok), 20th century European-born, American and Israeli Rosh Yeshiva
  166. * Yisrael Meir Kagan, (Chofetz Chaim), 20th century Polish legalist and moralist
  167. * Aryeh Kaplan, (Living Torah) 20th century writer and mystic
  168. * Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz, (Chazon Ish) 20th century Haredi leader in Israel
  169. * Aharon Kotler, 20th century Lithuanian scholar, founder of Lakewood Yeshiva in US
  170. * Chaim Kreiswirth, long-time Chief Rabbi of Antwerp (Belgium)
  171. * Isser Zalman Meltzer, renowned Lithuanian Rosh Yeshiva
  172. * Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, (Mr. Mendlowitz) 20th century European-born head of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in the US
  173. * Shulem Moshkovitz, Hasidic rebbe in London
  174. * Chanoch Dov Padwa, (Cheishev Ho'ephod), rabbinical head of UOHC, London
  175. * Sholom Dovber Schneersohn, 20th century Russian fifth Rebbe of Lubavitch
  176. * Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, 20th century sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch
  177. * Menachem Mendel Schneerson, (Lubavitcher Rebbe), 20th century Hasidic mystic and scholar, seventh Chabad Rebbe
  178. * Joseph ben Yehuda Leib Shapotshnick, 20th century British rabbi
  179. * Shimon Shkop, famed Rosh Yeshiva in Telz and Grodno
  180. * Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, (Ohr Sameiach ; Meshech Chochmah) Lithuanian-Latvian Talmudist and communal leader
  181. * Joel Teitelbaum, (Satmar Rebbe), 20th century Hasidic Hungarian-American rebbe known for anti-Zionism
  182. * Chaim Michael Dov Weissmandl, (Min HaMeitzar) 20th century European scholar involved in rescue efforts during the Holocaust
  183. Modern rabbis
  184. * Hermann Adler, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire
  185. * Meir Berlin, (Bar Ilan) 20th century religious Zionist leader
  186. * Eliezer Berkovits Talmudic scholar and philosopher
  187. * Israel Brodie, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth
  188. * Isidore Epstein, Principal of Jews' College, London
  189. * Moses Gaster, Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews of Britain
  190. * Sir Hermann Gollancz, British rabbi and professor
  191. * Meir Kahane, American-Israeli rabbi. Founder of the American Jewish Defense League and Israeli Kach party.
  192. * Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, Israeli leader of Kahane Chai party and son of Rabbi Meir Kahane
  193. * Yisrael Ariel is the founder of the Temple Institute, from the liberators of the Western Wall in the Six-Day War.
  194. * Joseph H. Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire
  195. * Shmuel Yitzchak Hillman, British rabbi and dayan
  196. * Moses Hyamson, British rabbi
  197. * Abraham Isaac Kook, 20th century philosopher and mystic, first chief rabbi of Palestine
  198. * Immanuel Jakobovits, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, medical ethicist
  199. * Moses Mescheloff, Miami Beach and Chicago, Modern Orthodox Religious Zionist Rabbi
  200. * Chalom Messas, chief Rabbi of Morocco and Jerusalem
  201. * David Messas, chief Rabbi of Paris.
  202. * Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth
  203. * Simeon Singer, editor of the United Synagogue prayer book
  204. * Joseph Soloveitchik, 20th century European-born Talmudist and philosopher
  205. * Selig Starr, Chicago Rabbi
  206. Orthodox rabbis: Contemporary
  207. Haredi
  208. * Gerrer Rebbes, (Gerrer), Polish Hasidic dynasty now in Israel, followers also in the US and UK
  209. * Vizhnitzer Rebbes, (Vizhnitzer), Romanian dynasty of Hasidic rebbes in Israel and the US
  210. * Shlomo Amar, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel
  211. * Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Badatz (rabbinical court) of the Edah HaChareidis
  212. * Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, Israeli rabbi and a rabbinical leader of the chareidi world
  213. * Menachem Genack, OU
  214. * Yitzchak Kadouri, leading 20th century Kabbalist (deceased)
  215. * Yaakov Kamenetsky, rabbinical leader and educationalist
  216. * Nissim Karelitz, Israeli chareidi leader
  217. * Israel Meir Lau, former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel and current Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv
  218. * Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia
  219. * Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
  220. * Shlomo Miller, head of the Toronto Kollel and recognized world authority of Jewish law
  221. * Avigdor Nebenzahl, Chief Rabbi of the old city of Jerusalem
  222. * Yissachar Dov Rokeach (II), Belzer Rebbe
  223. * Bezalel Rudinsky, dean of Yeshivas Ohr Reuven, Wesley Hills, N.Y.
  224. * Moshe Sacks, posek.
  225. * Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, dean of Torah Ohr Yeshiva, Jerusalem
  226. * Adin Steinsaltz, 21st century Israeli Talmud scholar and philosopher
  227. * Moshe Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe (deceased)
  228. * Ovadia Yosef, 21st century Iraqi-Israeli former Israel Sephardic Chief Rabbi, legal scholar, "de facto" leader of Sephardic Jewry
  229. * Amnon Yitzhak, Yemenite "baal teshuva Rabbi" in Israel
  230. Hardal
  231. * Mordechai Eliyahu - former Sephardic Chief Rabbi
  232. * Avraham Shapira - former Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the head of Mercaz haRav yeshiva
  233. * Dov Lior - rabbi of Hebron
  234. Modern Orthodox
  235. * Benjamin Blech, author
  236. * Levi Brackman, British-born rabbi
  237. * David Bar Hayim, founder of Machon Shilo, proponent of Nusach Eretz Yisrael
  238. * Mordechai Breuer, Israeli rabbi, descendant of Samson Raphael Hirsch
  239. * Barry Freundel, rabbi of Kesher Israel congregation in Washington DC.
  240. * Mark Dratch, Instructor of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University and founder of JSafe
  241. * David Hartman, philosopher, author, and founder of Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem
  242. * Norman Lamm, 20th century American modern Orthodox thinker, head of Yeshiva University
  243. * Aharon Lichtenstein, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, and Rosh Kollel of Yeshiva University's Gruss Kollel.
  244. * Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Israel
  245. * Hershel Schachter, leading posek for the modern orthodox community.
  246. * Arthur Schneier, prominent rabbi in the secular world and rabbi at Park East Synagogue, which hosted Pope Benedict.
  247. * Andrew Shaw, British rabbi and youth leader
  248. * Zvi Sobolofsky, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University and rabbi of Ohr Hatorah in Bergenfield, New Jersey
  249. * Joseph Telushkin, author.
  250. * Moshe David Tendler, son-in-law of Moshe Feinstein, and noted bioethist.
  251. * Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, prominent Posek for the Modern Orthodox community.
  252. * Manis Friedman, a noted biblical scholar, author, counselor and speaker
  253. * Benjamin Yudin, rabbi of Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn, New Jersey