This chapter discusses Rashi's views on the Jewish community. Rashi greatly honoured scholars, considering them to be the most exalted of men. They ensure the continued existence of the world, which is based on the study of Torah and observance of its commandments. Rashi recognized that the scholars bore much of the brunt of leadership in the Jewish communities of the time, and he believed it was their strength and steadfastness that ensured the continuation of Jewish life in the diaspora. In his commentary on the Torah, Rashi cited rabbinic midrashim that emphasize the duties of community leaders and the ingratitude they are shown. The chapter then looks at Rashi's position on the important issue of forced and voluntary converts from Judaism, as well as his position on the status of women and their place in society and family.
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