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Commentary, Rashi (11th c.)

That is the whole Torah; the rest is this

by
Menachem Butler
September 17, 2013

Rashi (d. 1105) is the greatest Jewish commentator of all time. Having affixed his interpretations to nearly all the books of the Bible and to the entire Talmud, he remains the rare writer whose work is considered an invaluable resource to both first-time students of Jewish literature and seasoned experts. Rashi’s ability to clarify even the most dense of passages made him not only an indispensable guide, but also the subject of hundreds of secondary works of scholarship published throughout the last millennium and dedicated to exploring each of the great thinker’s ideas.

Menachem Butler, a contributing editor at Tablet Magazine, is the program coordinator for Jewish Law Projects at The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at the Harvard Law School, and a co-editor at the Seforim blog. Follow him on Twitter @MyShtender

Menachem Butler, a contributing editor at Tablet Magazine, is the program coordinator for Jewish Law Projects at The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at the Harvard Law School, and a co-editor at the Seforim blog. Follow him on Twitter @MyShtender.

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