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Question 4.8:
Who was Rashi?


Rabbi Shlomo Ben Yitzchak, 1040-1105. Usually called Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki. He was the author of a massive commentary on almost all of Tanach and most of the Talmud. His fame rests not only on the content of his explanations but on their style that remains clear and concise throughout. His commentary has become the most comprehensive and popular in existence and provided the basis for most subsequent studies of the Tanach, Talmud, and Jewish Law.

His commentary on Chumash, first printed in 1465, was the first dated Hebrew book, and appears in a special script now know as "Rashi script". His commentaries are considered the standard work without which it is impossible to understand the Talmud.

See also: Section 3.18. Torah: What is Rashi's commentary on the Talmud?

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