List of rabbis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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

See also: List of Jews.

Rabbis: Pre-Mishnaic (Tannaim) (Zugot) (ca. 515 BCE – 70 CE)[edit]

See: Mishnah, Tannaim, Zugot.



Rabbis: Mishnaic (Tannaim) (ca. 70–200 CE)[edit]

See Mishnah, Tannaim.
  • Akiva, (c.40–c.137) 1st-century Judea, central scholar in Mishnah
  • Eliezer ben Jose, the son of Jose the Galilean (?-c.160), famous for Baraita of thirty-two mitzvoth, and father of Rabbi Hananiah
  • Judah haNasi, (?–c.217) 2nd century, Judah the Prince, in Judea, redactor (editor) of the Mishnah
  • Rabbi Meir, considered one of the greatest of the Tannaim of the third generation (139-163)
  • Shimon bar Yochai, 1st-century mystic, reputed author of the Zohar
  • Tarfon, member of the third generation of the Mishnah sages, who lived in the period between the destruction of the Second Temple (70 CE)
  • Yohanan ben Zakkai, (c.30 BCE–90 CE) 1st-century sage in Judea, key to the development of the Mishnah, first to actually be called “Rabbi”.

Rabbis: Talmudic (Amoraim) (ca. 200–500 CE)[edit]

See Talmud and Amoraim.
  • Judah III, scholar, son of Gamaliel IV, Nasi (290–320)
  • Abaye, Talmudist in Babylonia (?–337)
  • Rabbi Jonah, Amora in Palestine (before 340)
  • Rava, Amora in Babylonia (c.280–352)
  • Hillel II, creator of the Hebrew calendar, son of Judah II, in Judea, Nasi (320–365)
  • Rav Papa, Amora in Babylon (c.300–375)
  • Ravina I, primary aide to Rav Ashi in Babylonia (?–420)

Rabbis: Middle Ages (ca. 500–1500 CE)[edit]

See: Geonim and Rishonim.

Abudarham. David ben Yosef ben David (née Elbaz). Rishon rabbi in Seville, Spain, in 14th century. Authored the Sefer Abudarham on explanation of Sefardi liturgy and customs. Completed c. 1339

  • Abba Mari, (Minhat Kenaot), 13th-century French Talmudist
  • Abraham ibn Daud, (Sefer HaKabbalah), (c. 1110–c.1180) 12th-century Spanish philosopher
  • Abraham ben David of Posquières, (c. 1125–1198) 12th century, France
  • Abraham ibn Ezra, (Even Ezra), (1089–1164) 12th-century Spanish-North African biblical commentator
  • Abdullah ibn Saba', Rabbi convert to Islam, considered central figure in the configuration of Shia Islam.
  • Abdullah ibn Salam, (550 - 630) rabbi, converted to Islam and was a companion of Islam's founder, Muhammad
  • Amram Gaon, (?–875) 9th-century organizer of the siddur (prayer book)
  • Asher ben Jehiel, (Rosh), (c. 1259–1327) 13th-century German-Spanish Talmudist
  • Bahya ibn Paquda, (Hovot ha-Levavot), 11th-century Spanish philosopher and moralist
  • Chananel Ben Chushiel (Rabbeinu Chananel), (990–1053) 10th-century Tunisian Talmudist
  • David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra, (1479–1573) also called Radbaz, born in Spain, was a leading posek, rosh yeshiva and chief rabbi
  • Dunash ben Labrat, (920–990) 10th-century grammarian and poet
  • Eleazar Kalir, (c.570–c.640) early Talmudic liturgist and poet
  • Eleazar of Worms, (Sefer HaRokeach), (1176–1238) 12th-century German rabbinic scholar
  • Eliezer ben Nathan, (1090–1170) 12th-century poet and pietist
  • Rabbenu Gershom, (c.960–c.1040) 11th-century German Talmudist and legalist
  • Gersonides, Levi ben Gershom, (Ralbag), (1288–1344) 14th-century French Talmudist and philosopher
  • Hasdai Crescas, (Or Hashem), (c. 1370–c.1411) 14th-century Talmudist and philosopher
  • Hillel ben Eliakim, (Rabbeinu Hillel), 12th-century Talmudist and disciple of Rashi
  • Ibn Tibbon, a family of 12th and 13th-century Spanish and French scholars, translators, and leaders
  • Don Isaac Abravanel, (Abarbanel), (1437–1508) 15th-century philosopher, Talmudist and Torah commentator. Also a court advisor and in charge of Finance to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain.
  • Isaac Alfasi, (the Rif), (1013–1103) 12th-century North African and Spanish Talmudist and Halakhist; author of "Sefer Ha-halachot"
  • Jacob ben Asher, (Baal ha-Turim ; Arbaah Turim), (c. 1269–c.1343) 14th-century German-Spanish Halakhist
  • Jacob Berab, (1474–1546) 15th–16th-century proponent of Semichah (Ordination)
  • Joseph Albo, (Sefer Ikkarim), (c. 1380–1444) 15th-century Spain
  • Joseph ibn Migash (1077–1141) 12th-century Spanish Talmudist and rosh yeshiva; teacher of Maimon, father of Maimonides
  • Judah ben Joseph ibn Bulat (c. 1500 - 1550), Spanish Talmudist and rabbi
  • Ka'ab al-Ahbar, Iṣḥaq Ka‘b ben Mati, (?– 652/653) was a prominent rabbi from Yemen who was one of the earliest important Jewish converts to Islam.
  • Maimonides, Moshe Ben Maimon, (Rambam), (1138–1204) 12th-century Spanish-North African Talmudist, philosopher, and law codifier
  • Meir ben Samuel (c. 1060–1135) known by the Hebrew acronym (RaM) was a French rabbi and tosafist,
  • Mordecai ben Hillel, (The Mordechai), (c. 1250–1298) 13th-century German Halakhist
  • Nahmanides, Moshe ben Nahman, (Ramban), (1194–1270) 13th-century Spanish and Holy Land mystic and Talmudist
  • Nissim Ben Jacob (Rav Nissim Gaon), (990–1062) 10th-century Tunisian Talmudist
  • Nissim of Gerona, (RaN), (1320–1376) 14th-century Halakhist and Talmudist
  • Obadiah ben Abraham of Bertinoro, (Bartenura), (c. 1445–c.1515) 15th-century commentator on the Mishnah
  • Rashbam, (Samuel ben Meir), (1085–1158) French Tosafist and grandson of Shlomo Yitzhaki, "Rashi"
  • Rashi, (Solomon ben Yitzchak), (1040–1105) 11th-century Talmudist, primary commentator of the Talmud
  • Saadia Gaon, (Emunoth ve-Deoth ; Siddur), (c.882–942) 10th-century exilarch and leader of Babylonian Jewry
  • Samuel ben Judah ibn Tibbon, (c. 1150–c.1230) 12th–13th-century French Maimonidean philosopher and translator
  • Tosafists, (Tosfot) 11th, 12th and 13th-century Talmudic scholars in France and Germany
  • Yehuda Halevi, (Kuzari), (c. 1175–1241) 12th-century Spanish philosopher and poet devoted to Zion

Rabbis: 16th – 18th centuries[edit]

See: Acharonim.

Rabbis: 16th – 17th centuries[edit]

Rabbis: 18th century[edit]

Orthodox rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries[edit]

See Orthodox Judaism.

Orthodox rabbis: 19th century[edit]

Orthodox rabbis: 20th century[edit]



Modern Orthodox[edit]

Orthodox rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century)[edit]



Modern Orthodox[edit]

See also article Modern Orthodox for a list of rabbis.

Open Orthodox rabbis (Neo-Conservative), 20th and 21st centuries[edit]

See Open Orthodoxy.

Conservative rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries[edit]

See: Conservative Judaism and Rabbinical Assembly

Conservative rabbis: 19th century[edit]

Conservative rabbis: 20th century[edit]

Conservative rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century)[edit]

Union for Traditional Judaism[edit]

Reform rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries[edit]

See Reform Judaism.

Reform rabbis: 19th century[edit]

Reform rabbis: 20th century[edit]

Reform rabbis: contemporary (ca. 21st century)[edit]

  • Rachel Adler, theologian and Hebrew Union College professor
  • Arik Ascherman, American-born Reform rabbi and human rights activist for both Jews and non-Jews in Israel-best known for advocating for Palestinian human rights.
  • Rebecca Dubowe, first deaf woman to be ordained as a rabbi in the United States
  • Denise Eger, former rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (world's first LGBT Synagogue) and founder of Temple Kol Ami in West Hollywood, first female and open lesbian to serve as president of Southern California Board of Rabbis, officiated at the first legal same-sex wedding of two women in California
  • Lisa Goldstein, Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality,
  • Alysa Stanton, first ordained Black female rabbi (Reform) in America
  • Margaret Wenig, rabbi known for advocating for LGBT rights

Reconstructionist rabbis, 20th and 21st centuries[edit]

See: Reconstructionist Judaism.

Reconstructionist rabbis: 20th century[edit]

Reconstructionist rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century)[edit]

Karaite rabbis[edit]

See: Karaite Judaism.
See: Karaite Hakhamim.

Other rabbis[edit]

See Jewish Renewal ; Humanistic Judaism

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik as Philosopher". Spertus, Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. February 16, 2014. This conference situated Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the great American Talmudist and Modern Orthodox leader, within the tradition of Western philosophy that includes ancient, medieval, and modern figures, ranging from Aristotle to Maimonides to Kant.
  2. ^ Ain, Stewart (January 14, 2001). "Nassau Plans to Tax Parsonages". Rockville Centre (NY); Nassau County (NY): The New York Times. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  3. ^ New York Times obituary, July 23, 1986.
  4. ^ "Black Rabbi Reaches Out to Mainstream of His Faith", Nikko Kopel, New York Times, March 16, 2008
  5. ^ [1]

External links[edit]