Sunday, January 15, 2012

Rashi and the counting of stars

Exterior of Rashi's Synagogue, Worms, Germany

In today's Haaretz Weekly Portion Lift up your eyes Yakov Meir writes a beautiful and rich explanation to the interpretation of the stars and Abraham by Rashi.

Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki (1040 – 1105), Rashi
was a medieval French rabbi famed as the author of a comprehensive commentary on the Talmud, as well as a comprehensive commentary on the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). He is considered the "father" of all commentaries that followed on the Talmud (i.e., the Baalei Tosafot) and the Tanakh (i.e., Ramban, Ibn Ezra, Ohr HaChaim, et al.)

The article is well worth of reading and gives us an authentic glimpse of the meaning of stars and space in Judaism during the early Medieval period in France.

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