About This Text
Author: Isaac Samuel Reggio
Composed: Gorizia, c.1790 - c.1810 CE
Isaac Samuel Reggio’s commentary on the Torah, also known as Beur Yashar, is an Italian translation and Hebrew commentary on the five books of Moses. Influenced by Enlightenment values and with a background in mathematics and linguistics, the author, Isaac Samuel Reggio, wanted to make the Hebrew text more accessible and focused on peshat (plain-sense) interpretations. A separate work arguing for the Torah’s divine origin served as an introduction, and Reggio further prefaced his work by asking scholars to share corrections with him and defending himself from anticipated attacks by those he saw as pseudo-scholars.