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rashiRashi (Rabbi Shlomo ben Yitshak) was a great 11th century commentator on the Torah. This brief video outlines his major scholarly contribution within historical context.

About Henry Abramson

Henry Abramson, PhD is Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Touro College South, Miami and is the author of several works in Jewish history and thought. @hmabramson


  1. about 1:45 he claims rashi established a school in southern france – provence. he never got there. he was in northern france only. his activities in the rhineland was to study there and see the library in mayence -mainz and afterwards returned to northern france to trois

  2. furthermore the conclusion is that rashi was one of the greatest jewish “thinkers”. i would say commentators, not thinker which implies a philosophical system which rashi did not make. moreover, how much kabalah is in his torah commentary? finally as important torah commentary is – and there is no mention of his nach and ketubim commentary at all – i would place his talmud commentary at the primary level. the torah is not a sealed book without rashi, the talmud virtually is.

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