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Definition of "rabbinism" [rab•bin•ism]

  • Rabbinical teachings and traditions. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rabbinism" in a sentence
  • "Classifying the latter as intrinsically “rational” while defining Hasidism (together with mysticism and messianism) as “emotional” — faculties which he assumed as a matter of course to be inherent in the male and female natures respectively — he was able to argue that unlike “rabbinism,” which catered primarily for men, Hasidism was “naturally” both accessible and hospitable specifically to women."
  • "This was in line with his overall view of the Hasidic spiritual revival as an authentically Jewish model for the rebirth of the Jewish nation on its historic land, cleansed of all the Diaspora maladies of “rabbinism.”"
  • "Horodezky contrasted the equality he perceived between men and women in Hasidism with the exclusion of women from the intellectual and devotional life of what he termed “official Judaism” or “rabbinism.”"