Successful challenges (Jonathan Safren)

Ruthy & Baruch alster at
Tue Dec 21 13:14:09 EST 1999

Jonathan - 

There's an article (in English) by a teacher of mine, Uriel Simon, in
_Minhah Lenahum_ (N. Sarna's festschrift), dealing with Ibn Ezra's
"Yitzchaki".  There seem to be a few opinions who this scholar was (no one
mentioned Rashi at all).  Simon himself does not come to a conclusion on
this issue; his article deals with the question why Ibn Ezra wanted
Yitzchaki's books burned.  The idea that Ibn Ezra's rejection of Yitzchaki
is due to his late dating of parts of the Torah is ruled out, by the mere
fact that Ibn Ezra did just that in other places.  The major difference
between the two is that Ibn Ezra kept his twelve verses "secret", while
Yitzchaki wrote his opinion in plain language, that even the uninformed
could understand.

Kol Tuv,
Baruch Alster
Kochav Ya`akov, Israel

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