Many positions in Jewish life carry honorific titles with them. For instance, Rabbis are styled with HaRav before their name or Gaon (literally "genius") are styled with HaGaon. I'm curious to know whether there is such a title like the aforementioned ones for someone who is a posek?

EDIT: I wonder if "Posek HaDor" can be considered something like that.

  • this will be highly dependant on minhag
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Jun 18, 2023 at 17:49
  • It's not one or the other. A posek can be both a HaRav and a HaGaon
    – Dov
    Jun 18, 2023 at 18:49
  • @Dov Of course, but I'm asking if the position of a posek has a special title for itself that could be used for addressing a posek.
    – setszu
    Jun 18, 2023 at 19:02
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    "Posek" and, outside of medieval Babylonia, "Gaon" are not official positions, let alone have regulations re titles.
    – Double AA
    Jun 18, 2023 at 20:14
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    But in the generalized sense there is no such official position.
    – Double AA
    Jun 19, 2023 at 1:25

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There is no such title among Ashkenazim. The title "Chacham" may imply that for Sefardim.

An Ashkenazi might be appointed to a position that requires the ability to pasken, such as a beis din, but that is a job description more than a title.

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