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  • The Mission Continues

    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

    מוטי, ויקיפדיה העברית

    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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  • Maccabi'im Gravesite

    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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Rashi Script or Reggio Calabria?

Rashi script was created in order to differentiate between Biblical verses and the commentaries

N. Lieberman 12/08/2009 10:00

The Rashi script was actually not invented by Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (1040-1105\4800-4865) and did not serve him during the writing of his commentary on the Torah; rather, it was the publisher who printed the first book in Hebrew who originally used the script.

Thus the Rashi script first appeared in 1475\5235, when the first Hebrew book was printed in the city of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

The book contained Rashi's commentary on the Torah, and the publisher designed a special script in which to print the book, consequently known as the Rashi script. It is based on the Hebrew-Spanish writing and was intended to assist people to differentiate between the biblical verses and the Aramic translation of the Scriptures.

Although Rashi never used the Rashi script, his commentaries were not written in the Modern Hebrew writing of today, but in a slightly different version.

As of today, most Holy Scriptures are printed in the regular 'square' lettered Hebrew writing, while the commentaries on the sides are printed in Rashi script.

The Rashi script has also been used by various Sephardic Rabbis, such as Rabbi Yosef Kapach and the Mekubal Rabbi Kadouri.

The famous kvittel of Rabbi Yisrael Dov Odesser of Breslov was also partially written in this fashion.