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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elie Wiesel Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781596597730
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From Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, comes a magical audiobook that introduces us to the towering figure of Rashi-Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki—the great biblical and Talmudic commentator of the Middle Ages.

Wiesel brilliantly evokes the world of medieval European Jewry, a world of profound scholars and closed communities ravaged by outbursts of anti-Semitism and decimated by the Crusades. The incomparable scholar Rashi, whose phrase-by-phrase explication of the oral law has been included in every printing of the Talmud since the fifteenth century, was also a spiritual and religious leader: his perspective, encompassing both the mundane and the profound, is timeless.

Wiesel’s Rashi is a heartbroken witness to the suffering of his people, and through his responses to major religious questions of the day we see still another side of this greatest of all interpreters of the sacred writings.

Both beginners and advanced students of the Bible rely on Rashi’s groundbreaking commentary for simple text explanations and Midrashic interpretations. Wiesel, a descendant of Rashi, proves to be an incomparable guide who enables us to appreciate both the lucidity of Rashi’s writings and the milieu in which they were formed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Rashi is not for the uninitiated or anyone uninterested in why Yahweh used the plural possessive when making man "in our image" or whether Abraham's concubine Hagar was actually a pharaoh's daughter. But if the Prophets' trials and tribulations seem arcane, Wiesel's great respect for their long-lived stories reminds us that, though we may value Christopher Hitchens, it's unlikely that we will debate his every nay-saying syllable 1,000 years hence.”

    Washington Post

  • Wiesel’s contribution to the Jewish Encounters series is an informative gem.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew Wilson | 7/26/2013

    " I guess I was hoping for more Rashi's wisdom & Jewish perspective, this is more straight biblical exegesis. Interesting historical insights too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 6/7/2013

    " not my kind of book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Cadoff | 1/2/2013

    " Interesting book about a unique and important figure in Judaism. Sometimes difficult to understand. I believe that this book was translated into English, which would explain some of the sentence structure problems. That said, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of Rashi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sima | 9/19/2011

    " Well written ands an interesting perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 5/23/2011

    " Night is an amazing book about the holocaust. A true story about Elie Wiesel himself experiencing the holocaust with his father. The book has an amazing tone that just makes you picture everything in your head. I highly recommend this book to people that are into history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " Eloquent imagery, similes, and metaphors perfectly capture the emotion behind the Holocaust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/22/2011

    " I had read this book a number of years ago but I kept having a gnawing impression that I needed to read it again. What an incredible story of survival and courage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamila | 5/22/2011

    " Even though the book was only 100 or so pages long it took me a while to read. I would go back and read pages over and over just to soak in the depth and power. It created visions no one can fathom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 5/22/2011

    " After reading this book, you will never be the same again. "

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About the Author
Author Elie WieselELIE WIESEL was fifteen years old when he was deported to Auschwitz. After the war he became a journalist and writer in Paris, and since then has written more than fifty books, both fiction and nonfiction. His masterwork, Night, was a major best seller when it was republished recently in a new translation. Wiesel has been awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor's Grand-Croix, an honorary knighthood of the British Empire, and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.
About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.