Discipline: Humanities

Topic: Judaic Studies


Rashi's Commentary on the Torah

Nechama Leibowitz and Moshe Arend

Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki), who wrote in the 11th century, was the major biblical commentator of the Jewish tradition. These volumes, by renowned experts on biblical commentary, clarify some of the basic assumptions of Rashis biblical commentary; review his principle methods, and discuss how he utilized and processed ancient sources. They explore the nature of the problems he addressed and his suggested solutions.


Volume 1: The word; Wordiness; Grammar and syntax problems; Terse language; Word sequence (1990, 324 pp., cat. # 10231-1)

Volume 2: Contradictions and discrepancies; Midrashim of the Aggadah; Halakhic Midrashim; Midrashim and their adaptation; Historical background (1990, 296 pp., cat. # 10231-2)


The late Nechama Leibowitz was Professor of Bible Studies at Tel-Aviv University. She was a widely-recognized Bible scholar, commentator, and master teacher. In 1956 she was awarded the Israel Prize in Education for her renowned "gilyonot" (pages) on the weekly Torah portions. She was instructor to three generations of teachers and acquired an extensive and profound influence on Torah pedagogy worldwide. Her pages were collected into book form and published as Studies in Bereshit, Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar, and Devarim. Her interpretations reflect her vast knowledge of traditional and modern Biblical commentaries, and display a sensitivity to the religious, literary, and psychological meanings of the text.

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