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172 manuscripts and fifty-six printed editions. The two
volumes published to date are the first of a projected
thirty or more volume series.
Asher Weiser, ed.,
Peirushi ha-Torah le-Rabbenu Avraham Ibn
(Jerusalem: 1977, 3 vols.).
H.D. Chavel, ed.,
Peirush ha-Ramban al ha-Torah
1959-1960, 2 vols.).
H.D. Chavel, ed.,
Rabbenu Bahya al ha-Torah
1966-1968, 3 vols.).
Yeshayah Weiss, ed.,
Humash or ha-Hayyim
(New York:
1976, 5 vols.). Weiss offers, under the title
Leket bahir,
judicious anthology of super-commentary on Rashi to the
Torah. Under the title
Or bahir,
he annotates the com­
mentary of R. Hayyim Ibn Attar (d. 1743) to the Torah.
Aside from the significance of Weiss’comments, this edi­
tion o f a rabbinic Bible (more precisely: Torah) is,
aesthetically, one of the finest ever produced.
c) Modern Jewish Exegesis
Modern rabbinic commentaries on the Torah tend to be either
homiletic or halakhic, to the exclusion of a focus on the plain
sense of Scripture. This continues a trend that became dominant
in the sixteenth century. In the realm of homiletics and halakhah,
numerous highly original works have appeared in the form of
commentaries on the Torah. Among them are:
Zalman Sorotzkin,
Oznayim la-Torah
(Jerusalem: 1951-1960,
5 vols.).
Yosef Rozin,
Tsofnat P a ’aneiah al ha-Torah
1960-1969, 5 vols.).
David Sperber,
Mikhtam le-David al ha-Torah
1965-1967, 2 vols.). Also significant for its elucidation of
difficult passages in the Targums.
Menahem B. Zaks,
Menahem Tsiyon al ha-Torah
1976 -1978 , 2 vols.). A m ode l o f c o n tem p o ra ry
homiletical/ethical commentary.
Aharon Cohen,
Beit Aharon al ha-Torah
(Jerusalem: 1983). A
model of contemporary halakhic commentary. Also sig­
nificant for its occasional commentary on the Targums.