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The Midrash Rabbah
The Midrash Rabbah
 
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Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Rabbi H. Freedman and Maurice Simon (editor)

Publisher: Soncino Press


This edition is the definitive English rendering of the Midrash Rabbah, one of the monumental productions of rabbinic literature.

The Midrash is the most striking testimony to the joy and reverence with which the Jews have cherished the Bible. It contains homiletic, ethical, and moral interpretations of the Scriptures, as expounded by the rabbis during talmudic and medieval times.

The Midrash represents, in a unique form, the religious faith of the rabbis, their ethical standards and judgments, their insight into the human heart, and the intense poetry of the spirit with which their religion imbued them. Passages abound that reveal the ideas the rabbis held on astronomy, medicine, metaphysics, and other branches of knowledge. For centuries the Midrash was the staple that nourished the Jewish imagination. Jews sought and found comfort and inspiration in the Midrash by interpreting Biblical history in the light of their own experiences.

The modern reader will find much in the Midrash that is pleasing and quaint, much that is elevating and inspiring. It breathes a tender affection for G-d and Israel, a passionate love of peace and an earnest yearning for a better world, which must appeal to every age and creed.

It includes: the complete Midrash on the Five Books of the Torah; the complete Midrash on the Five Megilloth; notes; glossary; general index; Biblical and Talmudic indices.

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