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Secular Position[edit]

Contary to the statement "recognized religious leader", Chief Rabbis are secular religious leaders. The distinction is that they are often recognised by other groups (states, other religions, etc) as individuals appointed from within the Jewish communities as a focus for contact. But they are not "Chiefs" in so far as they have any religious authority over other Rabbis or Jews. Although Rabbis "club" together in broad factions, e.g Orthodox, Conservative, Reform etc, and may have a "Chief", this individual acts more as spokesperson. They do not have anything like overall or substantive authority - in this was they fundamentally differ from a Pope or an Islamic authority able to proclaim a fatwā. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Excelis4 (talkcontribs) 10:28, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Sephardi chief rabbis[edit]

There's a gap between Rav Ovadiah Yosef and Rav Bakshi-Doron. Does anyone know what happened? JFW | T@lk 23:08, 3 Aug 2004 (UTC)


The title for Sephardi Hachamim should have a "c" in it, as that is how its pronounced by those who use the term. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Diogenes The Cynic II (talkcontribs) 09:20, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Simple way to find more rabbis to add to the lists[edit]

Google or even Google helps.19:57, 26 May 2005 (UTC)

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There are pictures of all the UK chief Rabbis on Dr Sacks website, would it be possable to add them to the individual Chief Rabbi's pages?

Article title[edit]

Why is the title of this article "Chief rabbi" rahter than "Chief Rabbi"? I would think that if there was an informal groups of rabbis, and one of them was the leader, he'd be the "chief rabbi". But if it is an official title, shouldn't both words be capitalized, like Secretary of State or Queen Mother?--Keeves 12:46, 15 July 2005 (UTC)

I agree. Do a move request. JFW | T@lk 13:12, 15 July 2005 (UTC)
I agree that when "Chief Rabbi" is an official title, it should be capitalized. Similarly, when speaking of the President of the United States, you capitalize the 'P'. However, when speaking of the presidents of various countries, you don't capitalize the 'p': The respective presidents of France and the United States met today.... Same here: when we're discussing chief rabbis in general, including those of many countries, it should be lowercase.—msh210 07:21, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

Hahambasi[edit]

Hahambasi is the title of the Turkish Chief Rabbi in Kushta. Someone wanna figure out a way to include that? TomerTALK 03:30, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

Sorry, but what is Kushta? I know the article Kushta redirects to İstanbul, but that article doesn't mention the word Kushta at all, so I'm not sure what it is: Is it another name for Istanbul? Or what?—msh210 07:23, 1 December 2005 (UTC)
Sorry. "Kushta" is Dzhudezmo for "İstanbul" (and yes, we were there long before the Turks). TomerTALK 07:29, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

Rabbi Pinchas Feldman[edit]

Is he really the chief rabbi of Australia? Who appointed him? I always believed that OZ didn't have a chief rabbi, rather Victoria had Rabbi Ch. Gutnik, and NSW had Rabbi Apple.Hyim 14:36, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

There are leaders of a few Rabbinic councils / organisations. But the only Chief Rabbi of Australia is the Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth, R. Sir Jonathan Sacks. jnothman talk 02:18, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

It was more like, he is a chief Rabbi, and is in Australia. Not he is the chief Rabbi of Australia. Its all context mate ;) ems 14:13, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

But then that's deceiving according to the definitions at the opening of the article. Only list him if you also give of what he is Chief Rabbi! jnothman talk 00:52, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

St. Louis[edit]

I know St. Louis has a Chief Rabbi. Currently it's Rabbi Sholom Rivkin. Previously it was Rabbi Eichenstein. Someone have access to the history there? Yoshm 19:58, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Germany[edit]

Does anyone have any data on chief rabbis for Germany and German cities? Gustav von Humpelschmumpel 23:06, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Who is the Chief Rabbi of Chile[edit]

I was forced to revert an anonymous user who changed the Chief Rabbi of Chile to Roberto Feldman. I can confirm that Rabbi Feldman does exist, but not that he is the chief rabbi. I await clarification on this point. Shalom (HelloPeace) 15:42, 1 February 2008 (UTC)


Edah HaChareidis[edit]

Chief Rabbis of the Edah HaChareidis. Is this within the scope of the list which seems more geographical as opposed to 'dynasty'-oriented? --Shuki (talk) 18:34, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

No, Shuki. The Edah is not a 'dynasty'. I will tell you the other name of the Edah HaChareidis, the initial name: ועד העיר לקהלת האשכנזים. "City Council for the Ashkenazi Community". The Chief Rabbis are known as גאב"ד ירושלים and ראב"ד ירושלים. See for example this scan of a letter by the current ראב"ד: [1] . Satisfied? I understand that you, as a non-chareidi person (no insult intended), do not know about this, but now you do. --Piz d'Es-Cha (talk) 19:16, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Where did you come from? You have absolutely no idea if I wear a kipa or if I wear tzizis that are longer and fatter than yours. Stick to the discussion at hand - is this article/list of cheif rabbis of localities the proper place to list the chief rabbis of the 'edah'. --Shuki (talk) 21:12, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
Rav Yitzchok Tuvioh Weiss shlita is the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and nobody else. (Literally, in fact, since the Zionist state hasn't appointed a Zionist puppet - oops, "rabbi" - in that position for years.) --Piz d'Es-Cha (talk) 08:35, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
Gevalt, Piz. As a self-described representative of Haedah surfing the internet, grow up and stop being an anti-semite. Oh sorry, people who are not part of Haedah aren't Jewish anyway, right, so no anti-semitism here. Thanks for clearing that up for us! Why don't you just delete most of the list? There might be some reform rabbis as well, and now you are actually equating your rabbis with all the others. --Shuki (talk) 21:17, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

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United Kingdom[edit]

I'm surprised to find no UK chief rabbis represented here. Surely someone can remedy this. Bjenks (talk) 09:34, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

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