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Avraham Grossman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113898

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113898.001.0001

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The Uniqueness of the Jewish People

The Uniqueness of the Jewish People

(p.165) Chapter Eight The Uniqueness of the Jewish People

Avraham Grossman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reflects on Rashi's view on the uniqueness of the Jewish people. In his view, Israel was chosen as God's cherished possession for three reasons: the merit of the patriarchs; Israel's agreement to accept the Torah and fulfil its commandments; and the mutual love between God and his people. Israel's agreement to accept the Torah and observe its commandments had a powerful effect on all of human history; only after Israel accepted the Torah did the world attain stability. Rashi also believes that there was distinctive value to fulfilling the commandments in the Land of Israel. The chapter then looks at Rashi's teachings on miracles, exile and redemption, and the nations of the world.

Keywords:   Rashi, Jewish people, Israel, God, Torah, commandments, Land of Israel, miracles, exile, redemption

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