About This Text
Also known as "Torat Moshe"; this Torah commentary was authored by Rabbi Moshe Alshich, a prominent 16th-century rabbi, in Safed, Ottoman Palestine. The Alshich was a popular preacher who gave lengthy lectures on the weekly Torah reading. These lectures were later published, in the form of a commentary, to ensure that they were repeated accurately and attributed to him. His style in Torat Moshe is to raise a number of questions and difficulties on a verse and then answer them all together by offering a new insight into the subject matter of the verse. His foremost aim in his commentary is to find fundamental moral and ethical lessons in the verses, or point out good qualities of character, such as faith, patience, humility, and so on.
Composed: c.1540 - c.1590 CE