Are Sephardic rabbinic leaders called Rabbi or Chacham?

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    slominer
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    When referring to a Sephardic Rabbinical leader should he be referred to as Rabbi So and So or as Chacham So and So?

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    Gadolhadorah
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    Unless you know this particular Rav is also considered a big talmid chacham, probably safer to be respectful and just call hin “Rav”

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    I think the question is what your title for them is, not their official title.
    (In other words, it’s whether you, not the Rav, is Ashkenazi or Sefardi.)

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    Joseph
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    Random: Are you implying that a Sephardi will call him Chacham whereas an Ashkenazi will call him Rabbi?

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    Avi K
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    A woman sat next to an Ashkenzai rosh yeshiva on a bus. He moved and there was a big argument. The next day she sat next to a Sephardi rosh yeshiva. Hedidn’t move nadshe got off at the next stop disappointed. When asked about it he said “Hu rav. Ani chacham”.

    BTW, in Germany there was a designation “Chaver” which YU revived forty years ago. I heard about someone who insists on being called to the Torah as “ben haChaver”.

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