Join Rabbi David Sedley as he explores the life and writings of Rashi’s grandson, Rabbi Samuel ben Meir, known as the Rashbam. Born in the later part of the 11th century, he learned from his grandfather and taught his younger brother, Rabbeinu Tam. His commentary on the Torah sometimes contradicts Rashi’s commentary as Rashbam’s focus was primarily on the peshat, the literal meaning of the verse.
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.