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Rashi Honored in New York on 850th Anniversary of His Death

The 850th anniversary of Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki-Rashi–foremost commentator on the Bible and Talmud, was marked here today with the formation of an organization of his descendants who will seek to establish a colony in Israel in his memory. The descendants include Jews who carry the names Horowitz, Rappoport, Weil, Shor, Ochs, Lurie, Rothenberg, Wohl, Israel, Katznelbogen, Frankel, according to an announcement by the founders.

While at present there is no monument to mark the burial place of the distinguished commentator, his scholarly contribution to a better understanding of the Bible and Talmud has made the name Rashi revered in the Jewish communities of the world. The great Rashi, who was born in Troyes, France, in 1040, had no sons, but his daughter, Yocheved, had three brilliant sons who carried on the work of their famed grandfather. They were Rabbi Samuel ben Meir (Rashbam), Isaac ben Meir (Ribam), and Rabbi Jacob ben Meir, Known as Rabbenu Tam.