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Chief Rabbinical Judges (Av Beit Din)

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  • Gaon Shalom Rokeach ABD Tiktin (c.1688 - 1767)
    ) The second son of Rabbi Yehuda Leib Mirkes was Rabbi Shlomo Zalman, the Av Beis Din of Mir who will be discussed shortly, and his third son was Rabbi Yehoshua, the son-in-law of the gaon and kabb...
  • Shlomo Zalman Mirkis (b. - 1773)
    Read Bio in Hebrew. רבי שלמה זלמן מירקש אב"ד מיר...
  • R' Samuel Aboab, A.B.D. Venice (1610 - 1694)
    Samuel Aboab (1610 – August 22, 1694), son of Abraham Aboab, was a very prominent rabbi of the seventeenth century. He was born at the Republic of Venice, and began the study of rabbinical lit...
  • Meir Horowitz MaHaRam Tiktin (1636 - 1746)
    TitkinHe was Av Beit Din of Oheilev and Zloczew and in 1718 became ABD Tykocin, where he wrote his approbation the same year to "Beit Yaakov" published in Lvov, 1786, and "Gaon Zvi" written in 1732 pub...

Jewish communities throughout the world have had a court system separate from that of the surrounding non-Jewish communty called a "beit din". This three-member panel of judges is headed by the "Av Beit Din" (ABD). The project here seeks to compile a list of historical and contemporary chief judges.

Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem 1525-1565 ראשי רבני ירושלים

The Rishon LeZion 1665–1842 הרבנים הראשונים לציון

The Hakham Bashi/Rishon Le-Zion 1842–1918 החכם באשי של ירושלים והראשון לציון

Chief Rabbinate of Israel הרבנות הראשית לישראל

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel (הרבנות הראשית לישראל) is recognized by law as the supreme halakhic and spiritual authority for the Jewish people in Israel. The Chief Rabbinate Council assists the two chief rabbis, who alternate in its presidency. It has legal and administrative authority to organize religious arrangements for Israel's Jews. It also responds to halakhic questions submitted by Jewish public bodies in the Diaspora. The Council sets guides, and supervises agencies within its authority.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel consists of two Chief Rabbis: an Ashkenazi rabbi and a Sephardi rabbi, also known as the Rishon leZion. The Chief Rabbis are elected for 10 year terms.

The Chief Rabbis of Eretz Israel הרבנים הראשיים לארץ ישראל בתקופת המנדט הבריטי

Chief Rabbis of Israel הרבנים הראשיים לישראל