[Avodah] Mesora only through Rashi

Sholom Simon via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Mon Jul 27 11:43:24 PDT 2015


The below (and, btw, R Nachum Lamm makes an interesting point in the
comments there) leads me to a different, but related, question: 

trace Rashi's mesorah pretty easily back to Rabbeinu Gershom -- but
where did _he_ get _his_ mesorah from? How did it get from Bavel and the
Gaonim to northern Europe? 

> RGS makes the claim that we would not
have TSP & our Mesora without Rashi & the Tosafists.
http://www.torahmusings.com/2015/07/who-was-greater-than-rambam/ [1]
Our *Torah shebe?al peh* is based on Rashi and the Tosafists. If Jewish
history had not included Maimonides, the Jewish world would have missed
a great deal. Maimonides enriched our thinking and world view
tremendously, but the *Torah shebe?al peh* would have survived without
him. However, without Rashi and the Tosafists, there would not have been
any *mesora*, any chain of tradition; we could not teach *Torah shebe?al
peh* today.


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