Jewish Quest for Wisdom

15 Tevet 5784 (December 26, 2023)

Rabbi Friedman introduced the text, ספר פאר ישראל, the writings of Rabbi Yisroel Shalom Yosef Friedman (no relation), a Romanian Hasid of the 19th century.

Rabbi Friedman (ours) translated multiple passages from this work as part of his capstone work in school.

February 13, 2024

Study sheet for 2/13/2024 class


The class delved into the very first chapter of the book which explores the Rashi commentary on the very first sentence of the Torah, “In the beginning G-d created…”. Rashi quotes Rabbi Isaac (a patriarch of his?) and states, “The Torah which is the Law book of Israel should have commenced with the verse:

הַחֹ֧דֶשׁ הַזֶּ֛ה לָכֶ֖ם רֹ֣אשׁ חֳדָשִׁ֑ים רִאשׁ֥וֹן הוּא֙ לָכֶ֔ם לְחׇדְשֵׁ֖י הַשָּׁנָֽה׃
This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you.

Exodus 12:2

which is the first commandment given to Israel.”

There are many opinions about this commentary. The class focused on that of פאר ישראל (Rabbi Friedman) in a study sheet that can be found here.