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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu> Subject: New Email LIst--Rashi Is Simple--Defends all Rashis A new email group, Rashi-Is-Simple, was recently started. Its goal is to present logical derivations of all 8000 Rashis on Chumash. It defends each Rashi with principles which can be justified by lists of comparable cases. The URL for the web site is: HTTP://WWW.SHAMASH.ORG/RASHI/INDEX.HTM. Some sample defenses are presented below. You can subscribe by writing the moderator (Myself, RHendel@mcs.drexel.edu) or subscribing from the website or applying thru Shamash. Here are some sample Rashis: 1) Why is Ex 13:5 interpreted as the so called WICKED SON? Because unlike the others of the 4 SONS, Ex 13:5 "SAYS" his question (ie satirically) vs ASKING it. Furthermore Ex 13:5 is the question of a teenage GANG vs that of an INDIVIDUAL 2) Why do Chazal say that Jacob instituted MAARIV (From Gen 28:11)? Because the verse explicitly states: ...And he PRAYED (PGH) to GOD(MKOM). 3) CHAYIL means SKILLED not STRONG. The WOMAN of VALOR should really be translated as the SKILLED WIFE (Gen 47:6) 4) Why were Chazal so sure that Reuven did not sleep with Bilhah (Gen 35:22) But rather they say he interchanged Bilhah and Leah's beds? Because it explicitly says in another verse: ..." Because you played with your father's bedS". 5) TzTzNeTH = THERMOS (Ex 16:13). A doubly (Tzn Tzn) insulated (Tnh=Cold) jug. Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA RHendel@Mcs.Drexel.edu Adjunct Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Moderator, Rashi-is-simple http://www.shamash.org/Rashi/index.htm