April 14th, 2005

Rashi Year 2005

Rashi Year began on 14 April with a ceremony in the synagogue at Worms. From April to October 2005 Worms in Germany and Troyes in France will be commemorating the 900th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac (1040-1105), better known as Rashi. He was born in France and studied at the famous Talmud school in Worms, and he now ranks as one of the most important scholars in Jewish history. He was a teacher and Bible commentator, and even today no one who studies these things can fail to be aware of his research and his interpretations of the Holy Scriptures and the Talmud. His commentaries are a standard component of every traditional Hebrew edition of the Torah. His clear and sometimes critical interpretations can be grasped even by ordinary readers with a desire to learn. The nonocentenary celebrations will focus on his life and work, and in particular on Rashi’s Jewish contribution to European culture. Rashi Year 2005, organized under the aegis of the town council of Worms and under the patronage of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was launched at a gala opening, where the keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Daniel Krochmalnik of the College of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg, talked on the subject of Rashi and the holocaust of 1096. The guests were also welcomed by Dr. Salomon Korn as Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews, mayor Michael Kissel and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zöllner, Minister for Science, Continuous Training, Research and Culture in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Musical accompaniment was provided by singer Jalda Rebling and the Worms Bach Choir. More details about Rashi Year can be found in German at www.worms.de. By clicking “Tourismus” and “English” you will find background information in English on Rashi sites in the town.