JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Rashi's Brother? #general


Robert Israel <israel@...>
 

In article < 00e801c5350e$952b8a00$e0342950@hppavilion >,
LR < lreich@tiscali.co.uk > wrote:
Claire Sztern < claire.sztern@gmail.com > posted:-
I'm looking for infos about Shimon, the brother of Rashi. I've seen his name
several times, but never any detail. Did he live a very ordinary life, did
he die young, I don't know... I would be interested to know though!
I've never heard of any brother of Rashi, let alone one called Shimon.
A generation or two before Rashi there was a Paytan (author of liturgical
poetry)called Rabbi Shimon ben Yitzchok, several of whose compositions appear in
siddurim and (mainly Ashkenasi) machzorim. He was probably related to Rashi.
The online Jewish Encyclopedia
< http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=121&letter=R&search=rashi >
doesn't mention a brother, but does say "R. Simon the Elder was his maternal
uncle".

Robert Israel
israel@math.ubc.ca
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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