List of rabbis

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List of prominent rabbis. Rabbis are Judaism's spiritual and religious leaders.

See also: List of Jews.

Two rabbis in discussion
Two rabbis in discussion

Rabbis: Pre-Mishnaic

See: Mishnah.

Rabbis: Mishnaic (Tannaim)

See Mishnah.
  • Rabbi Akiva, 1st century Judea, central scholar in Mishnah
  • Hillel the Elder, 1st century BCE, in Judea, considered the greatest sage of the Second Temple period.
  • Judah haNasi, 2nd century, Judah the Prince, in Judea, redactor (editor) of the Mishnah
  • Shammai, 1st century BCE, in Judea, key scholar in Mishnah
  • Simeon bar Yohai, 1st century mystic, reputed author of the Zohar
  • Yohanan ben Zakkai, 1st century sage in Judea, key to the development of the Mishnah

Rabbis: Talmudic (Amoraim)

See Talmud.
  • Abbahu, 4th century Talmudist
  • Abaye, 3rd century Talmudist
  • Abba Arika, known as Rav, last Tanna, first Amora. Moved from Israel to Babylon, 3rd century.
  • Rav Ashi, 5th century Babylonian Talmudic sage - primary redactor of the Babylonian Talmud
  • Eleazar Kalir, early Talmudic liturgist and poet
  • Hamnuna - Several rabbis in the Talmud had this name.
  • Rabbi Yochanan, primary author of the Jerusalem Talmud
  • Shmuel (Talmud), rabbi of Nehardea, physician
  • Rabbah
  • Rav Yosef
  • Rava, important Amora
  • Ravina, primary aide to Rav Ashi in the redaction of the Babylonian Talmud
  • Hillel, son of Gamaliel III, 3rd century, in Judea, grandson of Judah ha-Nasi, and younger brother of Judah Nesiah
  • Hillel II, 4th century creator of the Hebrew calendar, in Judea, son of Judah Nesiah, grandson of Gamaliel IV
  • Judah II, 3rd century sage, sometimes called Judah Nesi'ah and Rebbi like his grandfather
  • Judah III, 4th century scholar, son of Gamaliel IV, and grandson of Judah II

Rabbis: Middle Ages

See: Geonim and Rishonim.
  • Abba Mari, (Minhat Kenaot), 13th century French Talmudist
  • Don Isaac Abravanel, (Abarbanel), 15th century philosopher and Torah commentator
  • Abraham ibn Daud, (Sefer HaKabbalah), 12th century Spanish philosopher
  • Abraham ben David of Posquires, 1100s, France.
  • Abraham ibn Ezra, (Even Ezra), 12th century Spanish-North African Biblical commentator
  • Amram Gaon, 9th century organizer of the siddur
  • Asher ben Jehiel, (Rosh), 13th century German-Spanish Talmudist
  • Bahya ibn Paquda, (Hovot ha-Levavot), 11th century Spanish philosopher and moralist
  • Chananel Ben Chushiel (Rabbeinu Chananel), 10th century Tunisian Talmudist
  • Hasdai Crescas, (Or Hashem), 14th century Talmudist and philosopher
  • Dunash ben Labrat, 10th century grammarian and poet
  • Rabbenu Gershom, 11th century German Talmudist and legalist
  • Gersonides, Levi ben Gershom, (Ralbag), 14th century French Talmudist and philosopher
  • Eliezer ben Nathan, 12th century poet and pietist
  • Hillel ben Eliakim, (Rabbeinu Hillel), 12the century Talmudist and disciple of Rashi
  • Ibn Tibbon, a family of 12th and 13th century Spanish and French scholars, tranlators, and leaders
  • Jacob ben Asher, (Baal ha-Turim ; Arbaah Turim), 14th century German-Spanish Halakhist
  • Joseph Albo, (Sefer Ikkarim), 15th century Spain
  • Maimonides, Moshe Ben Maimon, (Rambam), 13th century Spanish-North African Talmudist, philosopher, and law codifier
  • Nahmanides, Moshe ben Nahman, (Ramban), 13th century Spanish and Holy Land mystic and Talmudist
  • Nissim Ben Jacob (Rav Nissim Gaon) 10th century Tunisian Talmudist
  • Nissim of Gerona, (RaN), 14th century Halakhist and Talmudist
  • Rashi, (Solomon ben Yitzchak), 11th century Talmudist, the primary commentator of Talmud
  • Elazar Rokeach, (Sefer HaRokeach) 12th century German rabbinic scholar
  • Saadia Gaon, (Emunoth ve-Deoth ; Siddur) 10th century Exilarch and leader of Babylonian Jewry
  • Samuel ben Judah ibn Tibbon, 12th-13th century French Maimonidean philosopher and translator
  • Tosafists, (Tosfot) 11th, 12th and 13th century Talmudic scholars in France and Germany
  • Yehuda Halevi, (Kuzari), 12th century Spanish philosopher and poet devoted to Zion

Rabbis: Later Middle Ages

See: Acharonim.
  • Isaac Abendana, 17th century Sephardic scholar in England
  • Jacob Abendana, 17th century Sephardic rabbi in England
  • Bezalel Ashkenazi, ( Shittah Mekubetzet), 16th century Talmudist
  • Yair Bacharach, (Havvot Yair), 17th century German Talmudist
  • Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, (Bet Hillel), 17th century Lithuanian scholar
  • Samuel Edels, (Maharsha), 16th century Talmudist
  • Kalonymus Haberkasten 16th century Polish rabbi; Rosh Yeshiva of many great Rishonim
  • Isaiah Horowitz (Shlah) 16th century Kabbalist and Author - Eastern Europe and Israel
  • Moshe Isserles, (Rema), 16th century Polish legal scholar, author of Hamapah (component of the Shulkhan Arukh)
  • Yosef Karo, (Mechaber), 16th century Spanish and Land of Israel legal codifier of the Shulkhan Arukh - code of Torah Law
  • Meir Lublin, (Maharam), 16th century Posek and Talmudist
  • Isaac Luria, (Ari), 16th century Holy Land mystic, founder of Lurianic Kabbalah
  • Solomon Luria, (Maharshal), 16th century Posek and Talmudist
  • Judah Low ben Bezalel, (Maharal), 16th century Prague mystic and Talmudist
  • Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno, (Sforno), 16th century Italian scholar and rationalist
  • Obadiah ben Abraham of Bertinoro, (Bartenura) 15th century commentator on the Mishnah
  • Sforno, 15th, 16th, and 17th century family of Italian Torah scholars and philosophers
  • Shalom Shachna, 16th century Polish Talmudist; Rosh Yeshiva of several great Rishonim

Orthodox rabbis

See Orthodox Judaism.

Orthodox rabbis: 18th Century

Orthodox rabbis: 19th Century

Orthodox rabbis: 20th Century

Modern and Zionist leaders

Chareidi (Ultra-Orthodox) leaders

Orthodox rabbis: Contemporary

Modern Orthodox

  • Norman Lamm, 21st century American modern Orthodox thinker, head of Yeshiva University
  • Yosef Mendelevitch former Soviet "Refusenik" and Zionist activist
  • Dov Zakheim, non-practicing modern Orthodox rabbi, economic and political leader in US government
  • David Weiss Halivni, Hungarian-American Talmudist of Union for Traditional Judaism (UTJ)
  • Aharon Lichtenstein, American-born head of an Israeli yeshiva

Chareidi (Ultra-Orthodox)

  • Ger Rebbes, (Gerrer), Polish Hasidic dynasty now in Israel, followers also in the US and UK
  • Vizhnitz Rebbes, (Vizhnitzer), Polish dynasty of Hasidic rebbes in Israel and the US
  • Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, very respected Israeli rabbi and rabbinical leader of the chareidi world
  • Israel Kirzner, economist and authority on writings of Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner
  • Adin Steinsaltz, 21st century Israeli Talmud scholar and philosopher
  • Ovadia Yosef, 21st century Iraqi-Israeli former Israel Sephardic Chief Rabbi, legal scholar
  • Shlomo Amar, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel
  • Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
  • Moshe Gafni, member of Israeli parliament
  • Israel Meir Lau, former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel and current Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv
  • Moshe Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe

Conservative rabbis

See: Conservative Judaism.

Conservative rabbis: 19th Century

  • Zecharias Frankel, 19th century critical historian, founder of the Positive historical school, the progenitor to Judaism Conservative.
  • Nachman Krochmal, 19th century Austrian philosopher and historian

Conservative rabbis: 20th Century

  • Louis Finkelstein, 20th century Conservative Talmud scholar
  • Louis Ginzberg, 20th century American Conservative Talmud scholar
  • Robert Gordis, 20th century leader in Conservative Judaism
  • Jules Harlow, 20th century Conservative Judaism liturgist
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, 20th century Conservative Judaism philosopher and scholar of Hasidism
  • Isaac Klein, 20th century American Conservative rabbi and scholar
  • Saul Lieberman, 20th century Lithuanian-American Conservative-Orthodox Talmud scholar
  • Marshall Meyer, 20th century American Conservative rabbi and human rights activist, founded a Rabbinical school and synagogue in Argentina
  • Solomon Schechter, 20th century scholar and a founder of Conservative Judaism

Conservative rabbis: Contemporary

Conservative rabbinical organizations

Reform rabbis

See Reform Judaism.

Reform rabbis: 19th Century

Reform rabbis: 20th Century

  • Paula Ackerman, 20th century Reform rabbi (first woman to perform rabbinical functions, not ordained)
  • Leo Baeck, 20th century Reform rabbi
  • Sally Priesand, 20th century Reform rabbi, first ordained female rabbi in the United States
  • Stephen S. Wise, 20th century Reform rabbi and Zionist activist

Reform rabbinical organizations

Reconstructionist rabbis

See: Reconstructionist Judaism.

Reconstructionist rabbis: 20th Century

  • Mordecai Kaplan, 20th century founder of the Reconstructionist movement in America

Reconstructionist rabbis: Contemporary

Other rabbis

See Jewish Renewal ; Humanistic Judaism

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