RASHI - acronym for "Rabbi Shlomo ben Yitzchak." Born in Troyes, in France, in the eleventh century, and educated in Germany, he was, without doubt, the greatest commentator on the Written Law as well as on the Oral Law, and is studied universally in both areas by experts and beginners alike.
In his commentary on the Talmud, he takes students "by
the hand," and leads them through simple or complex material, written in a largely
unfamiliar language, and organized in a way that assumes that students are familiar with
it all before they start, and makes the material clear. In "Chumash," the Five
Books of Moses, or the Written Law, RASHI's genius is, if possible, even more evident. He
ingeniously blends Midrashim, the comments of his own
teachers, and his own profound insights in a manner which sheds light on the 'pshat,' the
plain meaning, of the holy text.
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