how to say “sovereignty” in Hebrew

רִבּוֹנוּת

What does a rabbi have to do with sovereignty, a nation’s stake to a piece of land?

Look at the words for both: ריבונות – sovereignty, and רב – rabbi. The root of both is ר.ב.ב meaning greatness.

Here’s ריבונות in context:

ירושלים המאוחדת עברה לריבונות ישראל ב-1967.

The united Jerusalem passed to Israeli sovereignty in 1967.

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