Rabbi Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Rabbi Quotes from famous persons: David Novak, Ephraim Mirvis, David Bryan, Lionel Blue, Jackie Mason. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Rabbi Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

I feel very privileged indeed to be appointed to be the next Chief Rabbi.
I went to Temple Emanu-El, and my rabbi, Rabbi Landsberg, was a huge influence on me. When I was 7 and went to kindergarten, there he was, a young rabbi who didn’t wear a yarmulke and rode a motorcycle.
An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism, once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings. Only a bit more so!
I knew nothing about professional comedians when I became a comedian. I was a rabbi. So I had no professional comedians to learn from.
I went through a little hippy dippy program at Brandeis and was bat mizvahed by the rabbi who married my parents. We celebrated the High Holidays and had the traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner.
Perhaps we would do well to listen to the likes of Rabbi Harold Kushner, who contends that God is not really as powerful as we have claimed.
In 1913, the noted German actor and director Paul Wegener was making a film in Prague when he heard the legend of Rabbi Loew, who created a golem to protect the inhabitants of the Prague ghetto from persecution.
The level of study that I was at, I was probably only about two or three years away from being ordained as a rabbi, so I really needed to figure out in my head where I wanted to go with things. And I just couldn’t do it habitually anymore.
A rabbi should not despair if people do not do as much as they should. Every parent has that with children. God is merciful.
Louis Finkelstein
My brothers were rabbis. My grandfather was a rabbi.
Saul Leiter
The first profile piece on myself came about after my Rabbi sent information to the Jewish Chronicle on what I was up to. The story was then picked up by one of the nationals and things grew from there.
Benjamin Cohen
I learned early on that ‘rabbi’ means teacher, not priest.
I was thinking very carefully about going into education, becoming a teacher, maybe becoming a rabbi.
Of all the rabbinic sages of antiquity, perhaps none was more influential or famous than Rabbi Akiva.
The beth din is the court of the chief rabbi. I see myself taking an active role within the beth din.
I refuse to stand up in front of a rabbi and my friends and the woman I love – who I will tell you I can love with all my heart – and promise she will be the only one I will ever have until the day I die. That’s a lie.
Rabbis throughout the ages, from Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook onward, strictly prohibited going up on the Temple Mount. And now there is a minority group of rabbis encouraging Jews to go.
My father was a rabbi and had a little synagogue in Canada, so I’m from Canada. I left there at 16.
My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles. We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi, who happens to be my wife’s cousin and who I admire greatly. I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more spiritual than religious.
How can a rabbi not live with doubt? The Bible itself is a book of doubt.
Arthur Hertzberg
I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things.
‘Rabbi’ means ‘teacher,’ and I see the role of chief rabbi as chief teacher.
Just for the record, I personally do agree with some of the sentiments of Rabbi Meir Kahane. I think he was right about certain things, wrong about other things, but I have absolutely nothing, no association whatsoever with Kahane Chai leaders.
Aaron Klein
I knew I had a remarkable voice, but I was embarrassed because it was so high. But when I sang at my bar mitzvah, the rabbi was in tears. He said to my parents, ‘He must become a cantor in the synagogue,’ but my mother said, ‘No, he’s going to be a concert pianist.’
I wanted to be a soccer player. And then I wanted to be a rabbi.
The rabbi is often the regular preacher in the synagogue, the man whose sermons offer his community more general theological and moral guidance.
God is my best friend. I talk to God every day. And no one can tell me how to talk to God – not no imam, not no priest, not no rabbi, no pastor.
In my neighborhood, everyone had an opinion on the local cantor. You didn’t go to a synagogue to listen to the rabbi’s sermon. You went to listen to the cantor. It was like a concert.
When I would hear the rabbi tell about some miracle such as a bush whose leaves were shaking but there wasn’t any wind, I would try to fit the miracle into the real world and explain it in terms of natural phenomena.
My parents were Zionists born in Poland. My father was a rabbi who didn’t know much about science and ran a grocery store in the neighborhood with my mother’s help.
First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish.
I was born in Jerusalem with a religious background and a rabbi as a father… it was rather poor, but what we did have, we did have books.