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Wiesel’s Rashi is a heartbroken witness to the suffering of his people, and through his responses to major religious questions of the day we see still another side of this greatest of all interpreters of the sacred writings. Both beginners and advanced students of the Bible rely on Rashi’s groundbreaking commentary for simple text explanations and Midrashic interpretations. Wiesel, a descendant of Rashi, proves an incomparable guide who enables us to appreciate both the lucidity of Rashi’s writings and the milieu in which they were formed.
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By Wandering Hoosier on 04-30-15
Non-Fiction Overview of Rashi
I had high expectations for the book, being that Arlie Wiesel wrote it. My expectations met with disappointment.
The book gives such a high level overview of Rashi that it almost teaches nothing. I get from the book that Wiesel--as do many others--find Rashi brilliant. But nothing from the book confirmed this. In fact, I'd only recommend this book to a Rashi scholar who might possibly find a worthwhile nugget of information in it.
I liked the narrator's voice. He spoke in a soothing tone, but his tone made me sleepy. I wish that he would have used his voice to add to the narration if possible--rather than just simply read the book.
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By Alan H Burghauser on 06-21-15
Needs work on pronunciation!
This piece was well written and an important part of the discovery of our sages and their writings. The readers pronunciation of the rabbis names was so abominable that it was difficult for the listener to keep track of what the author had to say. One need not be Jewish or even be familiar with the Hebrew language to pronounce names correctly. Had someone with Hebrew knowledge discussed each name with the narrator, it would be a much more authoritative text. Many singers provide beautiful music with a little help in pronunciation of a foreign language. There is no excuse for this abomination.