WHAT IS A REBBI
Excerpts From Divrei Zikaron delivered by the Rosh Hayeshiva Hagaon Harav Ahron Walkin ZT”L for his Rebbi, Rav Yisroel Belsky Zt”l
People walk around saying so and so is my Rebbi and so and so is my Rebbi.
What is a “Rebbi”?
True that in Halacha it is stated anyone who teaches someone any Torah must be referred to as Rebbi
(See Shulchan Aruch Hilchos Talmud Torah Yoreh Deah 242:30)
But what does it mean to be a Rebbi?
The Torah states “Vishnantam Levanecha “you should teach
your son [Torah]. Rashi quoting Chazal states that “Lev- anecha” Aliv HaTalmidim- Levanecha here is referring to one's Talmidim.
Why and how is a Talmid one’s own son?