Section: Seforim Category: Introduction
|HaMe'oros HaGedolim - The Joy Of Learning Chumash Rashi|
word Chumash is synonymous with Rashi. You don't learn one without
the other, they go hand in hand. While there are many peirushim on
Chumash, our entire understanding is based on the medrashim and the way
that Rashi for whatever reasons chose to explain it.|
Learning Rashi face value is not that difficult. The more challenging questions are why Rashi chose to explain something a certain way or why he chose a particular medrash to explain the story or how Rashi even came to certain conclusions. This is the way to "learn" Rashi. Rav Eliyahu Dessler used to instill in his talmidim that Chumash and Rashi must be learned with the same depth and toil as a gemara. Similarly, Rav Shmuel Birnbaum used to say that if you learn Chumash and Rashi on Friday because you want to take it easy at the end of the week, it is bitul torah. You must learn Chumash-Rashi, but with no less geshmack and bren than learning a hard sugya.
Rashi is one of the most if not the most commented on commentary that exists. Rashi very quickly became the standard commentary and therefore attracted the attention of almost every single Torah commentary whether from the Rishonim and Acharonim or the Acharonim that came after him.
How can one find these commentaries in one place? A Mikraos Gedolos Chumash comes to the rescue. HaMe'oros HaGedolim includes 11 commentaries on Rashi. It includes the classic Peirush from the father of all Rashi commentaries, Rav Eliyahu Mizrachi It also includes the famous Gur Aryeh from the Maharal MiPrague and the Sifsei Chachomim that is printed in most Mikraos Gedolos chumashim. In addition it has peirushim on Rashi from the early Acharonim including the Maharshal and the Levush as well as some of their famous talmidim including the author's of the Mateh Moshe, Be'er Sheva, and Masas Binyomin. It also has a very special peirush from Rav Dovid Pardo, who lived in the times of the Chida who speaks of him highly, called Maskil L'Dovid. He is quoted by Rebbi Akiva Eiger.
Almost any question you always wondered when learning a Rashi, is answered somewhere on the page in this monumental edition. They even included the Peirush Ramban because after all like Rav Chaim Volozhin says, learning Chumash-Rashi without the Ramban is like learning gemara-Rashi without Tosfos.
If you find this chumash too daunting, we can recommend the Chumash Shai La'Morah which handpicks from many of these peirushim in its big print and easy read running commentary on Rashi. Either way, don't leave Rashi in the dark forever. Turn on the "big lights" the Meoros HaGedolim.