Tag: Moshe ha-Darshan | משה הדרשן

  • Moshe ha-Darshan

    Moshe ha-Darshan

    משה הדרשן – Active during the first half of the 11th century in Narbonne, Provence (southern France), Moshe ha-Darshan was known as a compiler of midrash. The appellation ha-darshan probably pertains to this activity rather than preaching. Moshe ha-Darshan almost certainly headed a beit midrash in his home city, one of the early established Jewish […]

  • Rashi’s Citations of Moshe ha-Darshan

    Rashi’s Citations of Moshe ha-Darshan

    Among the contemporaries Rashi cites in his commentaries, Moshe ha-Darshan is quoted a relatively few, yet still significant, number of times: Rashi cites him by name 17 times in his Tanakh commentary and twice in the Talmud commentary. Moshe ha-Darshan was a scholar active in Provence in the first half of the 11th century, in the generation before Rashi’s. Though connected culturally to Tzarfat (northern France) where Rashi lived, especially in the 11th and 12th centuries, Provence was a distinct community. Rashi’s repeated citations of him point to the prominence of Moshe ha-Darshan, whose beit midrash in the city of Narbonne, one of the oldest Jewish Provençal communities, apparently produced works that were influential and well-circulated…