The Dushinsky Rebbe from Eretz Yisroel will be arriving in Lakewood for his first time since becoming Rebbe – close to ten years ago. The primary reason for the Rebbe’s visit will be to raise funds for the close to 3,000 Talmidim in his Mosdos throughout Yerushalayim, Bnei Brak, ashdod and in other cities in Eretz Yisroel.
A Kabolas Ponim with the attendace of several local Rabbonim, will be held this evening at the home of R’ Yoel Ortner, 210 Ridge Avenue, at 9 PM.
For the remainder of his stay, the Rebbe will be at the home of R’ Chaim Elazar Zelcer, where the Rebbe will be available for private audiences. For more information, contact 347-421-0043.
Beruchim Habaim Bishaim Hashem!
R’ Chaim- Hashem should repay you for all your generosity and good deeds. May this be a Zechus for you and your family.
Somebody please tell us non-jewish people
What is a Rebbe?
What is a Rabbi?
Rebbe (רבי) /ˈrɛbə/, which means master, teacher, or mentor, is a Yiddish word derived from the Hebrew word Rabbi. In accordance with Yiddish pronunciation norms, the stress is on the first syllable and the final vowel is sometimes reduced to a schwa, but is other times pronounced “ee.”
Whilst Rebbe is a term that refers to many leaders of Jewry, ‘Rebbe’ or ‘Rebbi’ when mentioned in the Talmud is a reference to the redactor of the Mishna, Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi. In common parlance of modern times, the term ‘The Rebbe’ is often used by Hasidim to refer to the leader of a Hasidic movement.
Terminology and origin
Rebbe come from the Hebrew word rav, meaning great, and might mean the equivalent of “my master.” It was an honorific originally given to those who had Smicha at the beginning of the first millennium, though because vowels were not written at the time, it is impossible to know if it was pronounced rah-bee or r-bee. The English word rabbi directly comes from this form. In Yiddish, the word became reb-eh (now commonly spelled rebbe) or just reb.
The Sages of the Mishnah known as the Tannaim, from the 1st and 2nd centuries of the common era, were known by the title Rabbi, for example Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochoy. Rabbi Yehudah haNasi, the leader of Jewry in Mishnaic Times, was simply called Rabbi, meaning “The Rebbe of the Generation”.
The Sages of the Talmud known as the Amoraim from the 3rd, 4th and early 5th centuries, those born in the Land of Israel, are called Rabbi; those born in the diaspora are known by the title Rav.
Distinctions between Rebbe and Rav
A Rebbe is sometimes distinct from a ‘Rav’ or ‘Rov’ who is an authoritative Halachic decider and leader of a Jewish, often Chassidic, community) in that a significant function of a Rav is to answer questions of Halacha (Jewish law). A Chasid has a Rebbe as a spiritual guide and to go and sometimes an additional Rav for a ruling on an issue of Halachah, Jewish law.
Chasidim use the term to denote someone that they perceive not only as the religious leader of their congregation, but as their spiritual adviser and mentor. A rebbe is someone whose views and advice are accepted not only on issues of religious dogma and practice, but in all arenas of life, including political and social issues.
Sprouting Chasidim use the concept of a (non-Chasidic) Rebbe. Example: “I will ask my Rebbe, Rabbi Ploni (so-and-so), for advice about this personal matter.”
As a rule, among all Chasidim, Rebbe is referred to in Hebrew as “Admor”, an abbreviation for Adoneinu Moreinu V’Rabeinu, Our Master Our Teacher Our Rebbe, which is now the modern Hebrew word in Israel for “rebbe” (pl. admorim).
A Rebbe is generally taken to mean a great leader of a Hasidic dynasties, also referred to as Grand Rabbi in English or an ADMOR, a Hebrew abbreviation for Adoneinu-Moreinu-veRabbeinu (“our lord/master, teacher/guide and rabbi/teacher”).
Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, is regarded by Hasidim as the first Hasidic rebbe.
During his lifetime he was referred to mainly as “The holy one” rather than as “Rebbe,” and his disciples were “magidim” or “preachers”, such as the Magid of Chernobyl or the Magid of Mezritsh.
The first “rebbe” to be known as such was the Baal Shem Tov’s grandson, Rabbi Boruch of Mezhbizh who was referred to as “The Rebbe” during his lifetime. After him, those who rose to positions of leadership and their successors began to be called rebbe. The title gradually came to suggest a higher spiritual status.
Each Hasidic group refers to its leader as “the rebbe”.
Hannah Rachel Verbermacher, also known as the Maiden of Ludmir or the “Ludmirer Moyd”, was the only female rebbe in the history of the Hasidic movement; she lived in the nineteenth century in Ukraine and Israel.
Outside of Hasidic circles the term “Grand Rabbi” has been used to refer to a rebbe. The practice became widespread in America in the early 1900s when Hasidic rebbes began to emigrate to the United States and was derived from the German Grossrabbiner.
A Rebbe, in this context, is a Hasidic leader.
A Rabbi is someone who has studied Torah and has been ordained Rabbi (unless you live in Lakewood and then you can also be called Rabbi 🙂 ).
This is not the first time Rav Dushinsky Shlit”a has been in Lakewood. I saw him here a number of years ago. He came quietly and Davened Shachris at the Yeshiva’s K’vosikin Minyan.
to #5 when he was here a number years must have been before he was the Dushinsky rebbe, or maybe before the the founding of the dushinsky chassidus
by the way , out of curiosity does anyone know where the city of dushinsky is ? or who was the first dushinsky rebbe?
I think that that is actually their last name
To #7 The Rebbe’s surname is Dushinsky. The chasiduss started in Yerushalayim where both his father and grandfather served as the gaaved of Yerushalayim.
There is no city Dushinsky. It is the last name of the rebbe. The first rebbe was the grandfather of the today’s rebbe bearing the same name. He was niftier in 1948.
i dont know for a fact but im pretty sure the reason he’s the dushinsky rebbe is solely because of his last name. his father was a gaon and the av beis din of badatz in yerushalayim and he yarshened his father’s rabbanus and his chassidus.
to number five. you name says it all. the guy asked a simple question and you give a whole gemora shuir…..
I was there last night and there were hundreds of yiden storming to the Ortner residence. It was a big kiddush hashem and I must say it was set up like a wedding beautiful fruit, cakes, fruits and lots of hot dishes.
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