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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 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 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 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 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
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Matsuoka Yoshitsugo is a voice actor.

Michael Lerner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Michael Lerner 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
Adin Steinsaltz 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 Kahane 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 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 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
Berel Lazar 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 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 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 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 Shulman 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 Wine 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 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
Marshall Meyer 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

Michael Berenbaum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Michael Berenbaum Michael Berenbaum is an American scholar, professor, rabbi, writer, and filmmaker, who specializes in the study of the Holocaust. He served as Deputy Director of the President's Commission on ...more

Sally Priesand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Sally Priesand Sally Jane Priesand is America's first female rabbi ordained by a rabbinical seminary, and the second formally ordained female rabbi in Jewish history, after Regina Jonas. Priesand was ordained ...more

Zadoc Kahn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Zadoc Kahn Zadoc Kahn was an Alsatian-French rabbi and chief rabbi of France.

David Wolpe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
David Wolpe David J. Wolpe is an author, public speaker and rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. Named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most ...more

Eleazar ben Killir is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Eleazar ben Killir Eleazar ben Killir, also known as Eleazar Kalir, Eleazar Qalir or El'azar HaKalir was a Hebrew poet whose classical liturgical verses, known as piyut, have continued to be sung through the ...more

Eric Yoffie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Eric Yoffie Eric H. Yoffie is a Reform rabbi, and past president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform movement in North America, which represents an estimated 1.5 million ...more

David Einhorn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
David Einhorn David Einhorn was a German rabbi and leader of the Jewish reform movement in the United States. Einhorn was chosen in 1855 as the first rabbi of the Har Sinai Congregation in Baltimore, the ...more

Gunther Plaut is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Gunther Plaut Wolf Gunther Plaut, CC, O.Ont was a Reform rabbi and author. Plaut was the rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto for several decades and since 1978 was its Senior Scholar.

Gersonides is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Gersonides Levi ben Gershon, better known by his Latinised name as Gersonides or the abbreviation of first letters as RaLBaG, was a philosopher, Talmudist, mathematician and astronomer/astrologer. He was ...more

Joseph Isaac Schneersohn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Joseph Isaac Schneersohn Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn was an Orthodox rabbi and the sixth Rebbe of the Chabad Lubavitch chasidic movement. He is also known as the Frierdiker Rebbe, the Rebbe RaYYaTz, or the Rebbe Rayatz. ...more

Joseph B. Soloveitchik is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Joseph B. Soloveitchik Joseph Ber Soloveitchik was a major American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist and modern Jewish philosopher. He was a descendant of the Lithuanian Jewish Soloveitchik rabbinic dynasty. As a Rosh ...more

Mordecai Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Mordecai Kaplan Mordecai Menahem Kaplan, was a rabbi, essayist and Jewish educator and the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein.

Nelson Glueck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Nelson Glueck Nelson Glueck was an American rabbi, academic and archaeologist. He served as president of Hebrew Union College from 1947 until his death, and his pioneering work in biblical archaeology ...more

Moses Gaster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Moses Gaster Moses Gaster was a Romanian-born Jewish-British scholar, the Hakham of the Spanish and Portuguese congregation, London, and a Hebrew linguist. He was the father of Jack and Theodor Gaster and ...more

Samson Raphael Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Samson Raphael Hirsch Samson Raphael Hirsch was a German rabbi best known as the intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism. Occasionally termed neo-Orthodoxy, his ...more

Samuel Belkin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Samuel Belkin Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin is best known as the second University President of Yeshiva University. A distinguished Torah scholar, he is credited with leading Yeshiva University through a period of ...more

Abraham Klausner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Abraham Klausner Abraham Judah Klausner was a Reform rabbi and United States Army captain and chaplain who became a “father figure” for the more than 30,000 emaciated survivors found at Dachau Concentration ...more

Shlomo Carlebach is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Shlomo Carlebach Shlomo Carlebach, known as Reb Shlomo to his followers, was a Jewish rabbi, religious teacher, composer, and singer who was known as "The Singing Rabbi" during his lifetime. Although ...more

Jonathan Sacks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Jonathan Sacks Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, Kt is a rabbi, philosopher and scholar of Judaism. He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. As ...more

Neil Gillman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Neil Gillman Neil Gillman is an American rabbi and philosopher, affiliated with Conservative Judaism.

Judah Halevi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Judah Halevi Judah Halevi was a Spanish Jewish physician, poet and philosopher. He was born in Spain, either in Toledo or Tudela, in 1075 or 1086, and died shortly after arriving in Israel in 1141, at that ...more

Dov S. Zakheim is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Dov S. Zakheim Dov S. Zakheim is a former official of the United States government. Born December 18, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, Zakheim earned his bachelor's degree in government from Columbia University in ...more

Louis Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Louis Jacobs Louis Jacobs was the founder of Masorti Judaism in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and theologian. He was also the focus of what has become known as "The Jacobs Affair" that ...more

Alexander D. Goode is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Alexander D. Goode Alexander David Goode was a rabbi and a lieutenant in the United States Army. He was one of the Four Chaplains who gave their lives to save other soldiers during the sinking of the USAT ...more

Samuel Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Samuel Hirsch Samuel Hirsch, was a major Reform religious philosopher and rabbi.