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The Raves Are In For Rashi

August 18th, 2009

The following review of RASHI by Elie Wiesel appeared in yesterday’s (8/16) Washington Post Book World .

“Wiesel reminds us that, though religious conflicts are born of myths, those myths endure because they bring people together…Part of Schocken Books’ Jewish Encounters series, “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.”