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Rashi

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ISBN-13: 978-0976654650
ISBN-10: 0976654652
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Maurice Liber's 1906 biography of Rashi is one of the classics of the biography genre. It explores not only the life of one of the most important rabbis in Judaism, but also his impact on future generations. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Dybbuk Press, LLC (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976654652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976654650
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,242,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginning several years ago as I read more and more about the Bible, Biblical scholarship, the relationship between Jewish and Christian Biblical scholarship, and the problem of translating the Bible from the earliest known manuscripts into modern languages, one name in particular kept coming up: Rashi. Rashi is shorthand for Rabbi Schlomo Yitzhaki, a natives of Troyes, Champagne (modern-day France) who lived from 1040 to 1105.

The Jewish Bible was already old during that amazing century in which Jesus, Gamaliel, Hillel and Paul lived, and which saw the destruction of the Second Temple, the rise of rabbinical Judaism, and the emergence of Christianity. Until that time all Biblical scholarship was oral, but after the destruction of the Temple and everything else that was occurring, rabbis--which is to say, scholars--began to write commentaries on the Bible and other kinds of works. Rashi became one of the greatest rabbinical scholars, not just of his day, but of any day.

This biography was written over a century ago, and it reads like it. In other words, its slow going, and generally not organized as we expect today. On the other hand, if you work through it, you will be well rewarded. Author Liber places Rashi in the Jewish community of his day and time, and just as importantly, places that Jewish community in the context of Christian Europe. Liber tells us about the man, his character, and what we do know of the kinds of details we want in a biography. Liber also relates some of the fantastic tall tales and legends that survive about Rashi, and if he does so wryly, its because he realizes those kind of tales tell us something important too about a man and his times too.
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Ok I have published Rashi and Merely Mary Ann at the same time, because I'll be publishing Michael Boatman's horror anthology and The Big Bow Mystery later this year and I want to devote as much time as possible to promotion of those books.

In writing a review, I know that I have essentially two audience members - those who know Rashi quite well and those that have never heard of Rashi before.

For those of you unfamiliar with Rashi, he was an 11th century rabbi who wrote responsa, Torah commentary, Talmud commentary and died in 1205. Maurice Liber has many chapters devoted to his Torah commentary and discussion thereof. If you are Jewish, this can give you a taste of Rashi before studying further. If you are not Jewish, this makes for a fascinating study in medieval philosophy as well as the tensions between Christian and Jewish communities. Maurice Liber notes many instances where Rashi purposefully comments on a psalm or a passage in a way that illegitimizes the Xian viewpoint. In other places, he's merely commenting as a commentator without the tensions.

If you are familiar with Rashi, this is still a fascinating book. Written in 1905 with a completely different set of biases (Liber praises Rashi for inspiring Mendelssohn for example), this book at times feels like the antithesis of those Artscroll biographies that make you suspect that the great sages never went to the bathroom much less read the secular newspapers of their days.
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This book of not so many pages is loaded with a tremendous amount of insight. If you want a good profile of the famous commentator this coupled with Eli Wiesel's biography of him are valuable resources. This book is also a very good history about France during the Capachian period. I would recommend this book.
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This marvelous little book is as timely and as fresh today, as it was when it was written a century ago. Any loyal student of Rashi refers to him in the present tense, and many describe him as "Rashi Hakadosh", The Holy Rashi. Rabbi Liber does an excellent job describing his life and times,employing first rate research. This is most evident with regard to his explication of the "Laazim", where a knowledge of Old French, as well as the Italian language are critical for an understaning of Rashi's environment. I highly recomend this book!
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This doesn't seem to have come with any description whatsoever, so I just want to note that this is obviously about Rashi, the most well-known person to have done commentaries on the Torah and Talmud. I can't say much else, as I have just discovered this (and will return once I have to review it properly), but if you're interested, see RASHI'S DAUGHTERS, a series by Maggie Anton, who is also a Torah and Talmud scholar herself.
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good book overall as an interesting introduction to Rashi. However, it treated the subject very simplistically.
There wasn't enough material about Rashi's actual writings and his contributions to Jewish thought. However, it is a difficult subject and I appreciate the author's attempts.
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