Rashi, his teachings and personality
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Rashi, his teachings and personality essays on the occasion of the 850th anniversary of his death. by Federbusch, Simon

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Published by Cultural Dept. of the World Jewish Congress and the Torah Culture Dept. of the Jewish Agency in New York .
Written in English


  • Rashi, -- 1040-1105.

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LC ClassificationsBM755 S6 F4
The Physical Object
Number of Pages261
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14942466M

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The first dated Hebrew printed book was Rashi's commentary on the Chumash, printed by Abraham ben Garton in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, 18 February (This version did not include the text of the Chumash itself.) Rashi wrote commentaries on all the books of Tanakh except Chronicles I & II. Scholars believe that the commentary which appears under Rashi's name in those books was compiled by the students of Rabbi Saadiah of the Rhine, who incorporated material from Rashi's . Wiesel tells us about Rashi’s modesty, his congeniality with, and respect for, his students and neighbors, his love of learning, and the simplicity in his own life and in his approach to his commentary. This notable work enables the reader to meet the intellectual and spiritual challenge of learning Rashi: to appreciate Rashi's unique style and language and to comprehend the analytical logic that lies behind his brilliant interpretation/5. Rashi is famous for a wine leniency he gave. Rashi held that non-Jews in his time were not well-versed in the nature of idolatry, and therefore they should be considered like newborn infants whose touch does not make wine into “yayin nesech.”. Accordingly, he permitted drinking wine .

This new volume in the Reference Library of Judaism faithfully presents the complete Hebrew text of Rashi's () psalter commentary according to Vienna Heb. ms. together with a fully annotated scientific translation into contemporary idiomatic English. The supercommentary places one of the finest commentaries by the single most influential Hebrew biblical exegete in dialogue with the full . The predominant theme of Rashi’s life and teachings was simplicity. Rashi had no formal secular education. He wrote no major philosophical works. His books were not surrounded by controversy. His goal was to clarify the texts of the Torah, without scholastics, so . In the conventional presentation of Rashi’s biography Rashi is assumed to have been a vintner by profession and the head of an academy of Jewish learning as an avocation. However, when Baron so described Rashi, the corpus of Rashi’s Responsa had not yet been published by Elfenbein. T. Rashi came to a Yeshivah and sat down to listen to the lecture of the Dean of the Yeshivah. There came a difficult passage in the Talmud which the Rabbi struggled to explain to his Rashi was left alone, he took the slip with his commentary, in which that passage of the Talmud was explained simply and clearly, and put it into the Gemara of the head of the academy.

  Rashi [Rabbi Shlomo ben Isaac:] isn't just words on a page; he was a writer whose personality and opinions permeate his works, a father with three learned daughters in a time when women were forbidden to study the holy texts, and a teacher who attracted a cadre of disciples who wrote devotedly of the teachings they'd "received from his mouth."/5(40). Rashi, his Teaching and Personality (), 9–47; J. Bloch, ibid., 49–61; H. Englander, Rashi's View of the Weak ע״ע and פ״ן Roots, in: HUCA, 7 (), –; idem, Grammatical Elements and Terminology in Rashi's Biblical Commentaries, in ibid., 11 (), –89; 12–13 (–38), –; 14 (), –; N. Šapira, Die grammatische Terminologie des Solomon be Isaak (Raschi) (?);.   To this day, the commentaries on the Bible and Talmud written by the eleventh-century scholar known as Rashi remain unsurpassed. His influence on Jewish thinking was, and still is, significant. His commentary on the Pentateuch was the first Hebrew book to be printed, giving rise to hundreds of supercommentaries. Jews are known as the People of the Book - the Torah. Explore the ancient writings of the Torah, Parshah, Jewish History, all the way to contemporary topics. Learning & Values - Dive in to the texts and teachings of the Torah & Rabbis -