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    Samuel David Luzzatto

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Samuel David Luzzatto was born at Trieste on 22 August 1800 (Rosh Hodesh, 1 Elul, 5560), and died at Padua on 30 September 1865 (Yom Kippur, 10 Tishrei 5626). While still a boy he entered the Talmud Torah of his native city, where besides Talmud, in which he was taught by Abraham Eliezer ha-Levi, chief rabbi of Trieste and a distinguished pilpulist, he studied ancient and modern languages and science under Mordechai de Cologna, Leon Vita Saraval, and Raphael Baruch Segré, whose son-in-law he later became. He studied the Hebrew language also at home, with his father, who, though a turner by trade, was an eminent Talmudist.

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  • Shadal - Torah Commentary

    Samuel David Luzzatto

    Luzzatto's Torah commentary presents the reader with the work of an accomplished and highly respected Bible Commentator of the 19th century. Luzzatto was a leading Bible scholar at the university of Padua,Italy, who tackled the well worn theories of Bible critics who deny the Divinity of the Torah, both Gentile and Jewish. His commentary preceded, by 40 years, that of Dr. David Hoffman, head of the Berlin Rabbinical seminary, which first appeared in 1904 and also addressed Bible critics. Luzzatto's credentials as an expert in all the languages that could have had an influence on the text of the Torah are beyond question. His highlighting the moral superiority of the Torah to any competing classic work on morality is most refreshing.

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