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 (rĕb′ə, rĕb′ē)
A Jewish spiritual leader or rabbi, especially of a Hasidic sect.

[Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbî, rabbi; see rabbi.]
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1. (Judaism) the usually dynastic leader of a Chassidic sect
2. (Judaism) an individual's chosen spiritual mentor
[Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi]
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(ˈrɛb ə)

n. Yiddish.
1. a teacher in a Jewish school.
2. (often cap.) a title of respect for the leader of a Hasidic group.
[literally, rabbi]
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The Hasidic rebbes themselves are reticent about the topic, addressing it only in unpublished homilies and personal letters, from which excerpts appear here in print for the first time.
There were notable Hasidic rebbes, such as the Boyaner Rebbe, Rabbi Shlomo Friedman, and the Melitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yitzchok Horowitz.
In the prologue, Heilman makes clear what his book is not: it is not about theology, or ideological arguments, or the teachings and writings of Hasidic rebbes, or the devotion of their followers.
Horodetsky and the Maid of Ludmir tradition, the emergence of a female constituency in 20th-century Habad Hasidism, and from woman as hasid to Woman as tsadik in the teachings of the last two Lubavitcher Rebbes. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
From Moses to the rabbis of the Talmud to the Hasidic rebbes, Jewish authorities have agreed that the most important disposition to cultivate is annivut, humility.
He, as others before him, did not realize the full gamut of what can be called a schema of what Habad and its Rebbes were undertaking: the bringing of the Messiah and redemption of the world in our day!
A niggun (devotional song), especially one associated with the first Lubavitcher rebbes, can bring a Jew to a state of dveykus, a sort of spiritual fusion with God.
Thus, Lubavitcher musical ability has little to do with projecting one's voice or singing in tune but is rather "defined solely in relation to one's closeness to the living or historical rebbes, to one's knowledge of Hasidim (Hasidism), and to the context in which one has learned the repertoire of nigunim" (p.
In his translation of the Tales of Nahman of Bratslav, Arnold Band relates the contention of Yosef Dan and Mendel Piekarz that "whereas the telling of tales had previously been frowned upon by Jewish authorities, it was regarded as a worthy pastime by Hasidic masters."(39) Wiesel's stories pick up a religious aura because they are designed for the same purpose that he ascribes to the Rebbes: to bring people back to Judaism, to respond to a Judaism where creativity has dried up, leaving a tradition incapable of responding to new issues and, therefore, incapable of providing meaning.
The new network, established during the eighteenth century, was only effective as long as the different rebbes were distant from each other.
In my case, the rebbes gave me the hardest possible blessings so that I'd lose.