List of Famous Rabbis

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List of famous rabbis, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top rabbis in the world? This includes the most prominent rabbis, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable rabbis is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic rabbis were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned rabbis.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known rabbis to the lesser known rabbis of today, these are some of the best professionals in the rabbi field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous rabbis ever?" and "What are the names of famous rabbis?" then you're in the right place. (589 items)
Jackie Mason is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Jackie Mason is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor.
Jacob Neusner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Jacob Neusner is an American academic scholar of Judaism. He is often celebrated as one of the most published authors in history, having written or edited more than 950 books.
Lionel Blue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Lionel Blue is a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster. He was the first British rabbi publicly to declare his homosexuality. He is best known for his longstanding work with the ...more
Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Chaim Potok was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen, a 1967 novel which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and ...more
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Matsuoka Yoshitsugo is a voice actor.
Michael Lerner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Michael Lerner appeared in the Young, Jewish, and Left documentary film.
Adin Steinsaltz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz or Adin Even Yisrael is a teacher, philosopher, social critic, and spiritual mentor, who has been hailed by Time magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar". He ...more
Meir Kahane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Meir David Kahane was a controversial American-Israeli rabbi, ultra-Zionist political figure, and writer, whose work became either the direct or indirect foundation of most modern Jewish ...more
Abraham Joshua Heschel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Heschel, a professor of Jewish mysticism at the ...more
El Sayyid Nosair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
El Sayyid Nosair is an Egyptian-born American citizen, convicted of involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He was also tried for, but acquitted of, the assassination of Rabbi Meir ...more
Berel Lazar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Rabbi Shlomo Dovber Pinchas Lazar, better known as Berel Lazar, is an Orthodox, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi. He is Chief Rabbi of Russia, and chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities ...more
Harold M. Schulweis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Harold M. Schulweis is a Rabbi and an actor.
Menachem Mendel Schneerson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known to many as the Rebbe, was a Russian-born American Orthodox Jewish rabbi, and the last Lubavitcher Rebbe. He is considered one of the most influential Jewish ...more
Leo Jung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Leo Jung
Rabbi Leo Jung was one of the major architects of American Orthodox Judaism.
Isaac Klein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Isaac Klein was a prominent rabbi and halakhic authority within Conservative Judaism.
Robert Gordis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Robert Gordis
Robert Gordis was an American leading Conservative rabbi. He founded the first Conservative Jewish day school, served as President of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Synagogue Council of ...more
J. David Bleich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
J. David Bleich
J. David Bleich is an authority on Jewish law and ethics, including Jewish medical ethics. He is rabbi of Cong. B'nei Jehuda. He is a professor of Talmud at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological ...more
Dennis Shulman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Dennis G. Shulman is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, author, teacher, public speaker, and ordained rabbi. In 2008, Shulman was the Democratic nominee for the United States House of ...more
Sherwin Wine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Sherwin Theodore Wine was a rabbi and a founding figure in Humanistic Judaism. Originally ordained a Reform rabbi, Wine founded the Birmingham Temple, the first congregation of Humanistic ...more
Benjamin Blech is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Benjamin Blech
Benjamin Blech, born in Zurich in 1933, is an Orthodox rabbi who now lives in New York City. Rabbi Blech has been a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University since 1966, and was the Rabbi of ...more
Emanuel Rackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Emanuel Rackman
Rabbi Emanuel Rackman was an American Modern Orthodox Rabbi, who held pulpits in major congregations and helped draw attention to the plight of Refuseniks in the then-Soviet Union and attempted ...more
Abraham Isaac Kook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Abraham Isaac Kook was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of the British Mandatory Palestine, the founder of Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav Kook, Jewish thinker, Halachist, Kabbalist and a renowned Torah ...more
Lawrence A. Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Lawrence A. Hoffman
Lawrence A. Hoffman is an American Reform rabbi and a prominent scholar of Jewish liturgy. He is known for his liberal religious views. Hoffman is a Professor of Liturgy at Hebrew Union College ...more
Marshall Meyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer was an American Conservative rabbi who became a recognized international human rights activist while living and working in Argentina from 1958 to 1984, during the period ...more
Raphael Hayyim Isaac Carregal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Raphael Hayyim Isaac Carregal
Raphael Hayyim Isaac Carregal was an itinerant Palestinian rabbi and preacher. He is the first rabbi known to have visited the colonies that became the United States. Carregal refers to David ...more