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List of rabbis


List of rabbis

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) 1
    • Zugot 1.1
    • Other 1.2
  • Rabbis: Mishnaic (Tannaim) (ca. 70–200 CE) 2
  • Rabbis: Talmudic (Amoraim) (ca. 200–500 CE) 3
  • Rabbis: Middle Ages (ca. 500–1500 CE) 4
  • Rabbis: 16th – 18th centuries 5
    • Rabbis: 16th – 17th centuries 5.1
    • Rabbis: 18th century 5.2
  • Orthodox rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries 6
    • Orthodox rabbis: 19th century 6.1
    • Orthodox rabbis: 20th century 6.2
      • Hardal 6.2.1
      • Haredi 6.2.2
      • Modern Orthodox 6.2.3
    • Orthodox rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century) 6.3
      • Hardal 6.3.1
      • Haredi 6.3.2
      • Modern Orthodox 6.3.3
  • Conservative rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries 7
    • Conservative rabbis: 19th century 7.1
    • Conservative rabbis: 20th century 7.2
    • Conservative rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century) 7.3
      • Conservative rabbinical organizations 7.3.1
  • Union for Traditional Judaism 8
  • Reform rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries 9
    • Reform rabbis: 19th century 9.1
    • Reform rabbis: 20th century 9.2
    • Reform rabbis: contemporary (ca. 21st century) 9.3
  • Reconstructionist rabbis, 20th and 21st centuries 10
    • Reconstructionist rabbis: 20th century 10.1
    • Reconstructionist rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century) 10.2
  • Karaite rabbis 11
  • Other rabbis 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15
    • Orthodox 15.1
    • Conservative 15.2
    • Pan-denominational 15.3

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

See: Mishnah, Tannaim, Zugot.



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

See Mishnah, Tannaim.

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

See Talmud and Amora.
  • Abaye, (?–339) 3rd-century Talmudist
  • Abba Arika, (175–247) known as Rav, last Tanna, first Amora. Moved from Israel to Babylon, 3rd century.
  • Abbahu, (c.279–320) 4th-century Talmudist
  • 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, (?–c.320) 4th-century scholar, son of Gamaliel IV, and grandson of Judah II
  • Rabbah bar Nahmani (c.270–c.330)
  • Rav Ashi, (352–427) 5th-century Babylonian Talmudic sage – primary redactor of the Babylonian Talmud
  • Rav Nachman (?–320)
  • Rav Papa (c.300–375)
  • Rava, important Amora (c.280–352)
  • Ravina, (?–421) primary aide to Rav Ashi in the redaction of the Babylonian Talmud
  • Ravina II (?–499)
  • Resh Lakish
  • Shmuel (Talmud), (c.165–c.257) rabbi of Nehardea, physician
  • Yochanan, (180–279) primary author of the Jerusalem Talmud
  • Rav Jonah

Rabbis: Middle Ages (ca. 500–1500 CE)

See: Geonim and Rishonim.
  • Abba Mari, (Minhat Kenaot), 13th-century French Talmudist
  • Don Isaac Abravanel, (Abarbanel), (1437–1508) 15th-century philosopher and Torah commentator
  • Jacob Berab, (1474–1546) 15th–16th-century proponent of Semichah (Ordination)
  • Abraham ibn Daud, (Sefer HaKabbalah), (c.1110–c.1180) 12th-century Spanish philosopher
  • Obadiah ben Abraham of Bertinoro, (Bartenura), (c.1445–c.1515) 15th-century commentator on the Mishnah
  • Abraham ben David of Posquières, (c.1125–1198) 1100s, France.
  • Abraham ibn Ezra, (Even Ezra), (1089–1164) 12th-century Spanish-North African Biblical commentator
  • Amram Gaon, (?–875) 9th-century organizer of the siddur
  • 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
  • Dunash ben Labrat, (920–990) 10th-century grammarian and poet
  • Eleazar Kalir, (c.570–c.640) early Talmudic liturgist and poet
  • Eliezer ben Nathan, (1090–1170) 12th-century poet and pietist
  • Hasdai Crescas, (Or Hashem), (c.1370–c.1411) 14th-century Talmudist and philosopher
  • 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
  • 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), (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
  • 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
  • Maimonides, Moshe Ben Maimon, (Rambam), (1138–1204) 12th-century Spanish-North African Talmudist, philosopher, and law codifier
  • 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
  • Rashi, (Solomon ben Yitzchak), (1040–1105) 11th-century Talmudist, the primary commentator of Talmud
  • Elazar Rokeach, (Sefer HaRokeach), (1176–1238) 12th-century German rabbinic scholar
  • 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

See: Acharonim.

Rabbis: 16th – 17th centuries

Rabbis: 18th century

Orthodox rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries

See Orthodox Judaism.

Orthodox rabbis: 19th century

Orthodox rabbis: 20th century



Modern Orthodox

Orthodox rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century)



Modern Orthodox

See also article Modern Orthodox for a list of rabbis.

Conservative rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries

See: Conservative Judaism.

Conservative rabbis: 19th century

  • Zecharias Frankel, 19th-century critical historian, founder of the "Positive Historical" school, the progenitor of Conservative Judaism.
  • 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 (ca. 21st century)

Conservative rabbinical organizations

Union for Traditional Judaism

Reform rabbis, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries

See Reform Judaism.

Reform rabbis: 19th century

Reform rabbis: 20th century

Reform rabbis: contemporary (ca. 21st century)

  • Arik Ascherman, American-born Reform rabbi and Palestinian human rights activist in Israel
  • Denise Eger, former rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim world's first LGBT Synagogue and founder of Temple Kol Ami in West Hollywood CA. First female and openly lesbian person to serve as president of Southern California Board of Rabbis and officiated at the first legal same sex wedding between two women in California.
  • Alysa Stanton, 21st-century Reform rabbi, first ordained Black female rabbi in America

Reconstructionist rabbis, 20th and 21st centuries

See: Reconstructionist Judaism.

Reconstructionist rabbis: 20th century

Reconstructionist rabbis: Contemporary (ca. 21st century)

Karaite rabbis

See: Karaite Judaism.
See: Karaite Hakhamim.

Other rabbis

See Jewish Renewal ; Humanistic Judaism

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ New York Times obituary, July 23, 1986.
  3. ^ "Black Rabbi Reaches Out to Mainstream of His Faith", Nikko Kopel, New York Times, March 16, 2008

External links


  • List of leaders, Orthodox Union
  • Famous Rabbis,
  • Gallery of Our Great,
  • Biographies of Gedolim,
  • Mini-Biographies of Gedolim ,
  • Cross-referenced Notes on Rishonim and Acharonim (PDF)


  • Benson Skoff, 20th century Conservative rabbi


  • Torah Commentator Biographies,
  • List of Commentators,
  • E-Lectures Glossary
  • RavSIG (Genealogy of Rabbinic families)
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