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The title "rebbe" (as opposed to "rabbi") is often given to leaders of hasidic groups. It is also often used by both hasidim and non-hasidim to refer to one's personal teacher. What is the origin of this word, and how is it different from rabbi?

Why are the two words used in different contexts?

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You tagged this hebrew. Are you asking about a Hebrew word, then? Then the answer to your last part ("how is it different from rabbi?") should be clear: it's Hebrew. Or am I missing something? –  msh210 Jul 3 '13 at 16:40
    
@msh210 I just thought that the word might have Hebrew origins. I don't actually know. –  Daniel Jul 3 '13 at 16:41
    
isn't this just a North-eastern yiddish formation of ravi (my rav)? Rabbi (rhyming with Cab-bye) is an anglicization of the yiddish rebbe (rhyming with Deb-bee) –  Charles Koppelman Jul 3 '13 at 20:17

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