List of rabbis: Wikis


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

See also: List of Jews.


Rabbis: Pre-Mishnaic (Tannaim)

See Mishnah, Tannaim.

Rabbis: Pre-Mishnaic (Tannaim) (Zugot)

See: Mishnah, Tannaim, Zugot.

Rabbis: Mishnaic (Tannaim)

See Mishnah, Tannaim.

Rabbis: Talmudic (Amoraim)

See Talmud and Amora.
  • Abaye, 3rd century Talmudist
  • Abba Arika, known as Rav, last Tanna, first Amora. Moved from Israel to Babylon, 3rd century.
  • Abbahu, 4th century Talmudist
  • Eleazar Kalir, early Talmudic liturgist and poet
  • Hamnuna - Several rabbis in the Talmud had this name.
  • 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
  • Rabbah bar Nahmani
  • Rav Ashi, 5th century Babylonian Talmudic sage - primary redactor of the Babylonian Talmud
  • Rav Nachman
  • Rav Papa
  • Rava, important Amora
  • Ravina, primary aide to Rav Ashi in the redaction of the Babylonian Talmud
  • Resh Lakish
  • Shmuel (Talmud), rabbi of Nehardea, physician
  • Yochanan, primary author of the Jerusalem Talmud
  • Rav Jonah

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
  • Jacob Berab, 15th-16th century proponent of Semichah (Ordination)
  • Abraham ibn Daud, (Sefer HaKabbalah), 12th century Spanish philosopher
  • Obadiah ben Abraham of Bertinoro, (Bartenura) 15th century commentator on the Mishnah
  • Abraham ben David of Posquières, 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
  • Dunash ben Labrat, 10th century grammarian and poet
  • Eliezer ben Nathan, 12th century poet and pietist
  • Hasdai Crescas, (Or Hashem), 14th century Talmudist and philosopher
  • Rabbenu Gershom, 11th century German Talmudist and legalist
  • Gersonides, Levi ben Gershom, (Ralbag), 14th century French 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
  • Isaac Alfasi, (the Rif), 12th century North African and Spanish Talmudist and Halakhist; author of "Sefer Ha-halachot".
  • Jacob ben Asher, (Baal ha-Turim ; Arbaah Turim), 14th century German-Spanish Halakhist
  • Joseph Albo, (Sefer Ikkarim), 15th century Spain
  • Joseph ibn Migash 12th century Spanish Talmudist and Rosh Yeshiva; teacher of Maimon, father of Maimonides
  • Maimonides, Moshe Ben Maimon, (Rambam), 12th century Spanish-North African Talmudist, philosopher, and law codifier
  • Mordecai ben Hillel, (The Mordechai), 13th century German Halakhist
  • 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: 16th - 18th centuries

See: Acharonim.

Rabbis: 16th - 17th centuries

Rabbis: 18th century

Orthodox rabbis

See Orthodox Judaism.

Orthodox rabbis: 19th century

Orthodox rabbis: 20th century

Chareidi leaders

Modern rabbis

Orthodox rabbis: Contemporary



Modern Orthodox

See also article Modern Orthodox for a list of rabbis.

Conservative rabbis

See: Conservative Judaism.

Conservative rabbis: 19th century

  • Zecharias Frankel, 19th century critical historian, founder of the "Positive Historical" school, the progenitor of Conservative Judaism.
  • Yosef Guttmann, 19th century Polish rabbi
  • Levi Herzfeld, 19th century German rabbi, proponent of moderate reform
  • Nachman Krochmal, 19th century Austrian philosopher and historian

Conservative rabbis: 20th century

Conservative rabbis: Contemporary

Conservative rabbinical organizations

Union for Traditional Judaism

Reform rabbis

See Reform Judaism.

Reform rabbis: 19th century

Reform rabbis: 20th century

Reform rabbis: 21st century

  • Alysa Stanton, 21st century Reform rabbi, first ordained Black female rabbi

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

Karaite rabbis

See: Karaite Judaism.
See: Kariate Hakhamim.

Other rabbis

See Jewish Renewal ; Humanistic Judaism


  1. ^ "Black Rabbi Reaches Out to Mainstream of His Faith", Nikko Kopel, New York Times, March 16, 2008

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