Dr. Lisa Fredman

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  1. Rashi‘s Educational Innovations in his Bible Commentary

    A Peek into his Pedagogical Toolbox

    Dr. Lisa Fredman

    תאריך פרסום: תשע"ה | | Hour

    We will investigate the many diverse educational techniques and tools utilized by Rashi in his Bible Commentary. Some of these techniques will only be detected through the examination of Rashi manuscripts. Uncovering these tools will enhance our appreciation and admiration for the commentary and its composer.

  2. Rashi's Bible Commentary- Does it Really Reflect his Inner World of Values?

    Dr. Lisa Fredman |

    Despite the fact that Rashi's Bible Commentary is primarily culled from Midrashic and Talmudic literature, we will seek to detect Rashi's own values and ideals. We will implement certain principles through which we will search for the man behind the commentary.

  3. Rashi encounters the Christian World in his commentary to Mishlei

    Dr. Lisa Fredman | Hour

    A glance at Rashi's commentary reveals that Rashi was very aware of the world around him. Some of his comments relate to the world around him in different ways, be it Old French, situations of the time, or anti-Christian polemics. What motivated Rashi to write acomment? For years it was accepted that he wrote exegetical comments in response to a difficulty in the text. Recent scholarship has added that occasionally he comments because there is a very important idea he seeks to convey, even if there is no difficulty in the text. We see how the polemics come to the forefront in his commentary on Mishlei, especially as it relates to the symbolic "foreign woman" in Mishlei. 

  4. Additions to Rashi's Bible Commentary

    Dr. Lisa Fredman

    תאריך פרסום: תשעד | | Hour

    How do I know when a peirush or comment is authentic? How do I know when it is an interpolation or later additon? In most cases, we check the manuscript, but when it comes to Rashi, we can't- we don't have his original manuscript, and nobody knows what happened to it. It seems that we should try to locate the oldest manuscript- but that still dates to 130 years after Rashi's death. A lot can happen in 100 years. In this shiur, we focus on the additions or interpolations added to Rashi's text. We ask -how can one identify an interpolation? Who added them? What type of additions are there - were they pshat or drash? We touch upon these issues and experience this fascinating phenomenon together.

  5. Guide to the Perplexed - Perplexing Questions Regarding Rashi's Bible Commentary - A Search for Answers

    Dr. Lisa Fredman

    תאריך פרסום: 5777 | | Hour

    There are many manuscripts for Rashi's commentary - a commentary that has become a basic staple in Torah study. There are many perplexing questions about Rashi's commentary, ranging from to potential nusach (biblical manuscript) discrepancies, to Rashi's philosophical views on the subject of evil and free will - to the question of what of "Rashi's" commentary that we have - especially on the books of Neviim and Ketuvim - was written by him, and what was written by students or supercommentaries?  

    We look at examples from throughout Tanakh relating to different questions we have in order to appreciate these questions. We take heart in the continuing research being done on the supercommentaries and newly digitzed manuscripts, which can aid us in our quest for answers.

  6. Rashi’s Peshat Revolution – Was it an innovation “ex nihilo”?

    Dr. Lisa Fredman | Hour and 7 minutes

    Rashi was the first commentator in Northern France/Ashkenaz to write a ongoing Bible commentary that addressed the Peshat. Was this innovative breakthrough original to Rashi or did he cull from earlier sources? If so, which sources? What are the building blocks of his Peshat commentary and why did he feel the need to introduce this new style of Biblical interpretation?

  7. Between Rashi's Torah and Nakh Commentaries: Similarities, Differences and Rationale

    Dr. Lisa Fredman

    תאריך פרסום: 2022 | | Hour and 3 minutes

    Thousands of studies have been dedicated to Rashi's Torah Commentary, much fewer have been written about his commentary on the rest of the Tanakh, and little attention has been paid to comparing the two. Using Esav as a case study, we will compare Rashi's treatment of this biblical personality in both commentaries, uncover significant differences, and posit important reasons for this discrepancy.