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 (born Yacov Moshe Maza; June 9, 1928) is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor. He is ranked #63 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comedians of ...more

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Jacob Neusner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Jacob Neusner (July 28, 1932 – October 8, 2016) was an American academic scholar of Judaism. He was named as one of the most published authors in history, having written or edited more than 900
Lionel Blue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Lionel Blue, (6 February 1930 – 19 December 2016) was a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster, described by The Guardian as "one of the most respected religious figures in the ...more
Chaim Potok is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Chaim Potok (February 17, 1929 – July 23, 2002) was an American author and rabbi. His first book The Chosen (1967), was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more ...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 (born 1943) is an American political activist, the editor of Tikkun, a progressive Jewish interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, California, and the rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue ...more
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 HaKohen Kahane (; Hebrew: מאיר דוד כהנא; August 1, 1932 – November 5, 1990) was an Israeli-American ordained Orthodox rabbi, writer, and ultra-nationalist politician who served one ...more
Abraham Joshua Heschel ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Abraham Joshua Heschel (January 11, 1907 – December 23, 1972) was a Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Heschel, a ...more
El Sayyid Nosair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
El Sayyid Nosair (born 16 November 1955) is an Egyptian-born American citizen, convicted of involvement in the 1993 New York City landmark bomb plot. He had earlier been tried for, but acquitted ...more
Berel Lazar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Rabbi Shlomo Dovber Pinchas Lazar (born May 19, 1964 in Milan, Italy), better known as Berel Lazar, is an Italian Jewish Orthodox, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi. He began his service in Russia ...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 Schneers... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Hebrew: מנחם מענדל שניאורסאהן‎; April 18, 1902 OS – June 12, 1994; AM 11 Nissan 5662 – 3 Tammuz 5754), known to many as the Lubavitcher Rebbe or simply as the Rebbe, ...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 (born May 19, 1950) is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, author, teacher, public speaker, and ordained rabbi. In 2008, Shulman was the Democratic nominee for the United ...more
Sherwin Wine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Sherwin Theodore Wine (January 25, 1928 – July 21, 2007) was a rabbi and a founding figure in Humanistic Judaism. Originally ordained a Reform rabbi, Wine founded the Birmingham Temple, the ...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 (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק הַכֹּהֵן קוּק HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, also known by the acronym הראי״ה (HaRaAYaH); 7 September 1865 – 1 September 1935) was an Orthodox ...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 (March 25, 1930 – December 29, 1993) was an American Conservative rabbi who became a recognized international human rights activist while living and working in Argentina ...more
Raphael Hayyim Isaac Car... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Rabbis
Raphael Hayyim Isaac Carregal
Raphael Hayyim Isaac Carregal (October 15, 1733, Hebron, Ottoman-ruled Levant – May 5, 1777, Barbados) was an itinerant Palestinian rabbi and preacher. He is the first rabbi known to have ...more