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June 10, 2011 6:57 am at 6:57 am #597332EnglishmanMember
Every now and then I see a reference to positions of someone referred to as “The Rav”. Typically a person refers to his own Rosh Yeshiva as such. But normally others would have an idea who his R”Y is, as such they would know who he is referring to. As I read some online postings I noticed some people uses this term to refer to someone even though others didn’t know who they are referring to. So I thought perhaps they are referring to the Brisker Rov, Reb Velvel, who was universally known simply as “The Rov” while he was still the Rov in Brisk (as his father was known before him) and was continually known as such when he moved to Eretz Yisroel. I thought perhaps “The Rav” was an anglicized rendering of the The Rov.
But I saw positions attributed to “The Rav” that clearly could not be coming from The Rov. So after googling a bit I realized they were referring to Rav Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik of America, a nephew of The Rov. Apparently his students titled him as his illustrious uncle, in recognition of his Brisk heritage. It seems to me at least that this breeds confusion. Should not he be referred to with a differential than as his Uncle was? (I believe the subsequent Brisker Rov’s are also known as The Rov.)June 10, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm #776211☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
(I believe the subsequent Brisker Rov’s are also known as The Rov.)
Not AFAIK; “The Rov” is reserved for R’ Velvel.
As far as use of the term “The Rav” for Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik of America, the “A” instead of the “O” is a giveaway.June 10, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm #776212apushatayidParticipant
In my shul, the rav is also referred to as “The Rav”. 🙂June 10, 2011 2:49 pm at 2:49 pm #776213Pac / ManMember
DY: The pronounciation they use is the same, so it may be more of an issue when verbalized (or written in Hebrew.)June 10, 2011 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm #776215HaLeiViParticipant
There are four people with the name Rav: The Amora Rav, the Baal Hatanya (De Rahv), the Brisker Rov (De Rov or Ghuv), and Ren Yoshe Ber (the Rav). The latter is differenciated from the Baal Hatanya by the fact that one uses the American ‘a’ as in ‘are’ while the other uses ‘a’ as in ‘Mamish’.June 10, 2011 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm #776216jewish unityParticipant
Just saying, but you are one the rare people I’ve come across who didn’t know who “The Rav” refers to. He was one of few Gedolim who covered all spectrums of Yiddishkeit; a really incredible thing.June 10, 2011 9:39 pm at 9:39 pm #776217ItcheSrulikMember
Most Americans refer to R’ Velvel as “the Brisker rov” (well, most americans refer to R’ Velvel as “who?” but we’re both talking about a particular segment of American Jewry) so it doesn’t really breed much confusion here.June 12, 2011 2:23 am at 2:23 am #776218YW Moderator-42Moderator
Just to add some more confusion, The RO”V is R’ Ovadia Bartenura.
I have always heard R’ Velvel referred to as “The Brisker Rov” and R’ Y. B. Soleveitchik as “The Rav”.
The real confusion is when people refer to “The Rosh Yeshiva”June 12, 2011 2:27 am at 2:27 am #776219Pac-ManMember
Like Daas Yochid said, “The Rov” is how Reb Velvel was always known.June 12, 2011 3:02 am at 3:02 am #776220charliehallParticipant
Here in America, there was only one “The Rav”. It was a testimony to his stature. I don’t know about elsewhere; I know that the Religious Zionists in Israel follow neither his halachic rulings nor his hashkafah unless they learned in America.June 12, 2011 5:52 am at 5:52 am #776221quark2Member
Thats interesting who do the religious zionists in Israel follow? Also i think his son in law and talmud muvhak Rabbi Lichtenstien (don’t know his first name) has a large yeshivah in Israel. Do the Israelis who learned in that yeshivah also not follow his halachah and hashkafah? Just curiousJune 12, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am #776222g73Member
quark2 – religious zionists in Israel are typically referring to HaRav Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook when they talk about “The Rav”.
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein was the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion (now retired, one of his sons is now Rosh Yeshiva) and is recognized as a Gadol, but his style is more similar to his father-in-law (straight Lithuanian approach) than Rav Kook’s (which adds a more mystical, almost chasidic outlook).June 12, 2011 7:46 pm at 7:46 pm #776223RalphieMember
In our house, my wife is “The Rav”. (That doesn’t make me a Rebbetzin, mind you.)June 12, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm #776224charliehallParticipant
“who do the religious zionists in Israel follow”
Mostly the students of Rav Kook and his son.
g73 is correct regarding Rav Lichtenstein; he is a Gedol with many students but there are far more followers of Rav Kook in Eretz Yisrael.June 12, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm #776225bezalelParticipant
I have always heard R’ Velvel referred to as “The Brisker Rov” and R’ Y. B. Soleveitchik as “The Rav”.
R’ Velvel is referred to as “The Brisker Rov” but generally not by his talmidim, they would refer to him as “The Rov” (this wasn’t a unique title for R’ Velvel). To add to the confusion R’ Yehoshua Leib Diskin was also referred to as “The Brisker Rav”.June 13, 2011 3:10 am at 3:10 am #776226ItcheSrulikMember
For even more confusion, some of Rav Soloveichik’s talmidim refer to him as “Reb Yoshe Ber.” In the rest of the olam hatorah “Reb Yoshe Ber” is The Rav’s great-grandfather the Beis Haleivi.June 13, 2011 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm #776227600 Kilo BearMember
The Baal haTanya is not referred to as the Rav/Rov except when people speak of “Shulchan Oruch haRov.” We in Chabad refer to him as “the/der Alter Rebbe” or “Admou”r haZaken” and everyone else refers to him as “the Baal haTanya.”June 13, 2011 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #776228600 Kilo BearMember
Then, there are those who are referred to as the Rav only after shkia :))))!June 22, 2017 6:50 pm at 6:50 pm #1302735
cherrybim, DaMoshe: I’ve never referred to him as anything other than Rabbi JB Soloveitchik. That’s how he referred to himself, that’s how his rabbinical peers called him (except those close to him or working with him in YU, who simply called him JB without title or last name simply since they were on a first-name basis with each other), and that’s the byline he chose to print his own books under. I’ve never omitted his title as Rabbi.
And I’ve never c’v denigrated him. Quoting gedolim who said he was mistaken on various issues and policies is far from personally impugning or being inappropriate.June 23, 2017 10:18 am at 10:18 am #1302896apushatayidParticipant
Rav, didnt call himself Rav either, yet we do.June 26, 2017 10:33 am at 10:33 am #1303853smerelParticipant
The Rav and The Rov are both spelled and pronounced differently I don’t see the confusion. The first time I heard someone mention The Rav I didn’t know who he meant but the pronunciation made it obvious to me that he did NOT mean The Brisker Rov.
When Rav Ahron Kotler was alive “the Rosh Yeshiva” usually meant him unless you were in the actual Yeshiva or talking to another Talmid of someone else. Afterward he was nifar if that distinction was used it was a reference to Rav Moshe Feinstein. I can’t think of any Rosh Yeshiva alive today who is referred to as “The Rosh Yeshiva” by non Talmidim.June 26, 2017 10:41 am at 10:41 am #1303860
Is anyone referred to as the The Rebbe by anyone other than his Chasidim?June 26, 2017 11:42 am at 11:42 am #1303902smerelParticipant
<i>Is anyone referred to as the The Rebbe by anyone other than his Chasidim?</i>
Highly unlikely for a technical reason. The way Rav Ahron Kotler and Rav Moshe got that title was because at public events where many Roshei Yeshiva were present the other Roshei Yeshiva would refer to them as “The Rosh Yeshiva” By Chasidim they don’t have Agudah convention type events. Nor do they make hespedim with many Rebbes from different groups present. Therefore they don’t really have the opportunity to informally crown anyone with that title. (perhaps because the litvish crowd doesn’t really have neutral gatherings with many different Roshei Yeshiva present anymore either that is why the title is no longer used) But what Rav Ahron Kotler was to the other Roshey Yeshiva the Satmar Rebbe was to the other RebbesJune 26, 2017 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm #1304415oyyoyyoyParticipant
Think nowadays stam The Rebbe refers to the lubavitcher rebbeJune 26, 2017 4:03 pm at 4:03 pm #1304454
For Lubavitchers it does. Not for non-Lubavitchers.June 26, 2017 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm #1304470oyyoyyoyParticipant
i think its the case even for non lubavitchers. With chassidim of any rebbe then ye, stam the rebbe means whoever their rebbe is.June 26, 2017 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm #1304623
I’m now told that “The Rebbe” refers to the Gerrer Rebbe, even among non-Gerrers.April 16, 2018 11:31 am at 11:31 am #1506893
Is the current Brisker Rov referred to as Der Rov, in the same way Reb Velvel is?April 16, 2018 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm #1506919☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
I’m now told that “The Rebbe” refers to the Gerrer Rebbe, even among non-Gerrers.
Nah, if anything, the Lubavicher Rebbe.
Is the current Brisker Rov referred to as Der Rov, in the same way Reb Velvel is?
Who’s the current Brisker Rov?April 16, 2018 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #1507090GadolhadorahParticipant
After reading 28 postings about how each segment of the tzibur or group of talmidim referred to THEIR leader as “THE RAV” or “THE REBBE”, one has to wonder whether it might not be more respectful and create considerably less confusion to use the Rav’s actual name.April 17, 2018 9:28 am at 9:28 am #1507156Avram in MDParticipant
“one has to wonder whether it might not be more respectful and create considerably less confusion to use the Rav’s actual name.”
More respectful? Don’t know. Less confusing? Perhaps. But then it would be less fun!April 17, 2018 9:28 am at 9:28 am #1507159
It’s like when people refer to “The Rosh Yeshiva”, even when outside the Yeshiva speaking to people not from the Yeshiva. Everyone’s referring to THEIR own Rosh Yeshiva.April 17, 2018 11:31 am at 11:31 am #1507264GAONParticipant
“Is the current Brisker Rov referred to as Der Rov, in the same way Reb Velvel is?”
The Brisker Rav was/is called ‘De Ruv’ by all Brisker Talmidim as he was actually A RAV i.e גאב”ד in the city of Brisk.
Hence I don’t understand what “current” Rov you are referring to?April 17, 2018 11:31 am at 11:31 am #1507317Reb EliezerParticipant
It is interesting that “The Rav” refers for everyone to his own Rebbi. We find in Perek Chelek where each of the talmidim thought that Moshach is his own Rebbi. As the Abarbinal says that משיח stands for an acronym for each one’s Rebbies מנחם, שילה, ינון and חנינה.April 17, 2018 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm #1507399Neville ChaimBerlinParticipant
In mainstream American lingo “the Rebbe” is talking about the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Secular Americans don’t even realize “the Rebbe” could mean someone else. I’m not endorsing the trend, just recognizing it. Never ever, would an American be referring to the Gerrer Rebbe by saying “The Rebbe.” I’m not sure where people got that idea.
I’ve never heard anyone leave their community and refer to their communal Rabbi as “The Rav;” they always say “our Rav,” or “our Rabbi.” Within the shul, yes, but not in all circumstances.
I remember going to the OU homepage a few years back and seeing it just plastered with stuff about “The Rav,” referring to JB Soloveitchik. I assume it was to compete with the very successful Chabad website which is decorated in a similar fashion. Why did this thread get bumped so many years later?
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