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The Jewish French Connection

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  • RASHI רש״י (1040 - 1105)
    Rashi was the outstanding Biblical commentator of the Middle Ages. He was born in Troyes, France, and lived from 1040 to 1105. He is considered the "father" of all commentaries that followed on the Tal...
  • Rachel bat Rashi (1070 - 1105)
    Firstborn daughter of RASHI Rachel was divorced from her husband, Eliezer. Judy Chicago, in her compendium of significant women in history, lists Rachel (b. 1070), daughter of Rashi, as a learned wom...
  • Yocheved bat RASHI Kalonimus (aft.1058 - c.1139)
    Yocheved married Meir ben Samuel of nearby Ramerupt. They had four sons: Isaac ("Rivam"), Samuel ("Rashbam") (1080–1174), Solomon the grammarian, and their youngest child, Jacob ("Rabbenu Tam") (c. 110...
  • Miriam Bat RASHI Ben Natan (aft.1058 - aft.1090)
    Miriam married Judah ben Nathan and had a daughter, Alvina, a learned woman whose customs served as an example for other Jewish women. Miriam’s son, Yom Tov, later moved to Paris and headed a yeshiva t...
  • Michel Nostradamus (1503 - 1566)
    Michel de Nostredame (21 December 1503 – 2 July 1566), usually Latinised to Nostradamus , was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous ...

French Jewish intellectual and cultural life flourished through the ages, producing some of the most famous Jewish Rabbis, Philosophers, Artists, Mathematicians, and Scientists.

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