Re: tombstone inscription #poland #galicia #rabbinic


David Shapiro
 

The title "Rabbani" is never used for anyone who has an official rabbinic position. (It is possible that 'mem-vav-hey' indicates that he had semicha, but that that he had a official position). I say this from over 40 years of experience editing rabbinical documents. Titles and their significance varies from one community to another. The best way to determine whether a title is just a honorific in a given community is to look at other stones in the same cemetery. If many stones use the same title (and not just in the same section, which may be reserved for rabbis), then you can assume it is just an honorific.

David Shapiro
Jerusalem

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