I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Rashi1Shlomo Yitzchaki or in Latin Salomon Isaacides, and today generally known by the acronym Rashi (February 22, 1040 – July 13, 1105), was a medieval French rabbi and author of a comprehensive commentary on the Talmud and commentary on the Tanakh.

Acclaimed for his ability to present the basic meaning of the text in a concise, lucid fashion, Rashi appeals to both learned scholars and beginning students, and his works remain a centerpiece of contemporary Jewish study. His commentary on the Talmud, which covers nearly all of the Babylonian Talmud (a total of 30 tractates), has been included in every edition of the Talmud since its first printing by Daniel Bomberg in the 1520s. His commentary on Tanach — especially his commentary on the Chumash (“Five Books of Moses”) — is an indispensable aid to students of all levels. The later commentary alone serves as the basis for more than 300 “super commentaries” which analyze Rashi’s choice of language and citations, penned by some of the greatest names in rabbinic literature.