Today's Rashi is a peach of an example showing the true flavor of the Fill-in method. I would urge
all serious students of Rashi to carefully study this.
Moses attempt to stop Jews from fighting with each other
And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown up, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren.
And ... he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
And he went out the second day, and, behold, two men of the Hebrews were striving together; and he said to him that did the wrong: 'Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?'
And he said: 'Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? thinkest thou to kill me, as thou didst kill the Egyptian?' And Moses feared, and said: 'Surely the thing is known.'
Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, ...
Rashi Fills In: Pharoh heard about the murder from the two Hebrews who were fighting.
They slandered Moses to Pharoh.
How should we regard such a Rashi? The position of this email list is that
- This Rashi is not inferred from verse text or verse grammar
- This Rashi is not inferred from comparisons of verses (Such as alignment or contradiction)
- This Rashi is not inferred from stylistic formatting such as repetition or use of keywords
- Rather this Rashi is inferred from real-world experience and general logic.
- Thus the Rashi has the flavor of a reasonable supposition. We do not have to believe it as a matter
of religious faith; but we should accept it as something reasonable.
For this reason I have called this Rashi method,Non-Verse. The submethod used here is the
Fill-in method. Although these names are not glamorous they are part of serious Rashi study
and do significantly enrich our understanding of the Bible.