Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What's a Page of Rashi's Commentary Look Like in the Sapirstein Edition?

In over 30 years of developing English language access to classic Jewish sources, ArtScroll has developed a signature formatting which makes it easy for Torah learners of all levels to study the text.  Here's a sample page which shows (in descending order) the biblical text, Onkelos translation in Aramaic, Rashi's commentary in Rashi script, a phrase-by-phrase elucidated translation, and insightful footnotes and further sources (mekoros).  A knowledge of Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki 1040-1105 CE) is considered a prerequisite for mastery of the simple meaning of the Torah text.  The Sapirstein Edition of Rashi is one of the most widely used commentaries on the Torah in English today.  

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