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What is Rashi script?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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Question:

Why did the Torah & Talmud commentary, 'Rashi', have his own type of script?

Answer:

Rashi did not invent the script commonly used in printings of his commentary. Rather, when printers first published Rashi's commentary on the Torah (earliest printed book found with Rashi script dates back to late 15th century Italy), they wanted to use a script distinguishing it from the text of the Torah itself. Therefore, they created a font similar to the written script used by some Jewish communities at that time.


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