What is a rabbi?

What is a rabbi? Here are some definitions.

  1. A Jewish scholar or teacher of halacha (Jewish law), capable of making halachic decisions.
  2. A Jew who is or is qualified to be the leader of a Jewish congregation.
  3. (law enforcement, slang) A senior officer who acts as a mentor.
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He gave us the name of a rabbi in New York who was an acknowledged expert in these questions.
A few years later the rabbi was studying and came across some money stuck in his book.
The day after my father died, his rabbi came to talk to the family in preparation for the funeral.
Does it matter if one of her professors, himself a rabbi, teaches with an eye toward pastoral work?
Perhaps his father served as a community rabbi and he naturally chose the same calling.
They did not take the time to find out which pastor or rabbi was a leader in an area and which congregations people attended.

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