New Volume Opens Door to Rebbe’s Rashi Sichos

Scholars for generations have tried to decipher the seemingly simplistic words of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, the 12th-century commentator known as Rashi whose glosses on the Five Books of Moses have become standard fare for any student of the Torah. But a new English volume attempts to reveal some of the principles behind the commentary, drawing on several talks delivered by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, whose elucidations of Rashi’s writings have been called by modern-day scholars as “revolutionary.”

Published by the Kehot Publication Society, the new Studies in Rashi presents 12 essays focusing on Rashi’s commentaries in the Book of Genesis.

The Rebbe began addressing various problems and solutions to segments of Rashi’s commentary in a series of talks dedicated to the memory of his mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, who passed away in the middle of the High Holidays in 1964. During each weekly gathering, he devoted a large chunk of time to a specific explanation of Rashi on a particular verse, dissecting the wording used in order to explain why the commentator seemed to follow one particular approach over another, such as one used by a source in the Talmud as opposed to a Midrashic teaching, or amalgamated the two into a coherent whole.


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