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The Soncino Chumash: The Five Books of Moses with Haphtaroth

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This invaluable study aid contains all five Books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Hebrew text is presented in full, with a lucid English translation and commentary digest based on the classical Jewish commentaries. Included are fascinating midrashic, philosophical, literary and mystical interpretations by such commentators as Rashi, I ...more
Hardcover, 1203 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Soncino Press
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Petar X
May 05, 2015 Petar X rated it it was amazing
Growing up as an Orthodox Jew, the only thing that kept me sane sitting in shul on Shabbat was reading the dirty bits - there are lots of them if you know where to look, the laws on purity (oooh, thrill, male masturbation), the bits on lepers and how to tell if you were one. I'd go looking for the right passages in the chumash and then read the commentaries of the rabbis. There's something kind of young-teen salacious about reading how one rabbi interprets a dirty word as compared to another rab ...more
Michael Lewyn
Oct 01, 2015 Michael Lewyn rated it liked it
Like the Artscroll/Stone Chumash, this Chumash relies heavily on medieval Jewish commentators (such as Rashi, Nachmanides and Ibn Ezra) rather than adding one writer's unique perspective. But this Torah commentary has much less depth than Artscroll- where Soncino might dismiss a topic with a sentence or two, Artscroll will have a full paragraph. So on balance I like Artscroll better.

Soncino tends to be slightly less right-wing (in the sense of relying on bizarre legends) than Artscroll- but for
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practicing my limited Hebrew
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