|... by 3boys4us
... what's the difference between a rebbe and a rabbi?
A rabbi is kind of like a lawyer. He is expert in intricacies of Jewish law. He talks to your head.
A rebbe is kind of like a spiritual therapist. He talks to your heart.
Rebbes are almost always rabbis. But not necessarily the other way around.
My Rebbe z'l died 8 years ago, and I don't have a living one anymore. But he's still my Rebbe, because I try to live in his ... path, I guess is the right word for it, with his worldview still making the most sense to me. We go to lots of shuls in our community, have rabbis to ask various questions of, but don't have a living rebbe at this point.
Though there's a particular woman I know whom I also consider a "rebbe" to me. But I use the term meaning that she is someone to emulate and someone who is spiritually and "motheringly" where I hope to be when I grow up. So sometimes the term is figurative.
|... what's Murano? I thought that was the glass people.
That is the glass people. :LOL But when people refer to maranos they are also referring to the "secret Jews" who converted to Christianity on threat of death during the Spanish Inquisition, but secretly continued Jewish practices. There are stories of their descendents, living thoroughly Christian lives, who, for example, light candles in their closets or basements on Friday night. Why? Well, their grandmothers and greatgrandmothers, etc., etc., did. And their greatgrandmothers etc. did it because their ancestress down the line, who converted to save her life, continued lighting Shabbos candles as a Jew, but had to hide it to survive.
Here's a link about maranos, probably too much information, or more than you would want, anyway, but I'm getting into this linking thing ... http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/vi...d=169&letter=M