Friday, August 05, 2005


Today is the nine hundredth anniversary of Rashi's passing.

Some online biographies:
Jewish Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia Britannica

Additionally, as R. Haym Soloveitchik has pointed out (in his essay "Can Halakhic Texts Talk History?" [AJS Review 1978] and in his book Stam Yeinam, neither of which I have in front of me to give an exact citation or quote), there is no evidence that Rashi was a winemaker. Everyone in that time and place made their own wine. Could Rashi have been a winemaker? Yes, but for all we know he could also have been an egg salesman.

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