• October 21, 2019
  • 22 5780, Tishrei
  • פרשת בראשית

Profile: Rashi

Profile: Rashi

Join Rabbi David Sedley as he explores the life, writings and teachings (in the context of Jewish and non-Jewish history and thought) of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, otherwise known as Rashi רש״י. 

June 25, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Profile: Rashi: Lesson
Class description

We begin with Charlemagne and how the Jews of France were treated, moving through the earliest times of modern France up to Rashi. We look at the prime teacher of all French Jews, Rabbi Gershom Maor HaGolah, and Rashi’s teachers. Then briefly look at the breadth of Rashi’s writings, Torah and knowledge.

July 2, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Profile: Rashi: Lesson
Class description
This class is about the first half of Rashi’s life, the legends and the facts, and looking at his commentary on the Bible — what is his goal in his commentary, how much of what we have now is actually from Rashi, and what praise and criticism did his commentary receive.
July 9, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Profile: Rashi: Lesson
Class description

In this class we focus on Rashi’s commentary on the Talmud. I also speak quite a lot (really quite a lot) about the first crusade and the impact that had on Jewish communities of Europe, as well as Rashi’s response to the destruction of several communities.

Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel - https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-sedley.