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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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(p.252) Chapter Ten Society

Avraham Grossman

Liverpool University Press

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.

Keywords:   Rashi, Jewish community, Jewish scholars, Jewish life, community leaders, converts, Judaism, women

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