Weekly Freebies: Gutnick Chumash

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The Gutnick Chumash is a Hebrew-English Pentateuch with a commentary by R. Chaim Miller based on the teachings of R. Menachem Schneerson zt”l. It is available in full online:

Bereishis, Shemos, Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim


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  1. He just put a Friday night Siddur, not sure if its online yet.

  2. The link for Bereishis is just for a snippet view. Here’s the full version:


  3. From the intro:
    “In this edition, the vowels and cantllation marks in the Behrew text of the Chumash have been edited to be consistent with accurate source-texts. We have followed three sources: 1) Chumash “Torah Temimah”; 2) The well-known “Koren” Tanach; 3) Tanach according to the Aleppo Codex and other manuscripts, edited by Mordechai Breuer (published by Mosad Harav Kook). When these texts differ, we have followed the majority, unless there was another source (Minchas Shai or similar) that supported the minority version.”

    On the whole, not the sources I would have expected…

  4. The chabad house where I sometimes lein and/or teach (I’m not a lubavitcher) uses them. The translation is useless for knowing what the text says because it interpolates Rashi and other rishonim in without comment.

  5. SHLOMO:

    so basically they are redoing what r. breuer did, except that in addition to r. breuer’s own conclusions they are now also using poor texts as equals to r. breuer’s?

    but shkoyach to them for trying and for stating their editorial principles.

  6. “Poor texts”? Koren was always regarded as the best text. Are there real differences between Breuer and Koren? Looking at Tov’s “Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible” pp 4-7, I see that on the chumash, at least, Koren and Breuer generally agree. On Nach, there are more differences. Torah Temimah, I don’t know enough about his editing practices.

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