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"RASHI: A LIGHT AFTER THE DARK AGES" is a charming, one-hour animated historical drama, set in 11th century France. It is about Rashi, a Medieval Rabbi and scholar who lived just before the Crusades reign of terror. Produced by Rabbi Berel Wein,
Rashi's Voice: Leonard Nimoy,
Besides being history's most-published Torah commentator, Rashi is a gentle man of exemplary character whose decisions of law and personal counsel have enormous impact on the people around him, the generations that follow him, and the Jewish world.
The city of Troyes, where Rashi lives almost all his life, is situated at the bustling intersection of two important trade routes leading to Italy and the Near East. Colourful fairs pass through Troyes every year and Rashi's exposure to commerce and personalities from around the world allow him to emerge as one of the true cosmopolitan figures of his time. A winemaker by trade, a teacher, a scribe, an author, and a dedicated family man, like many people, Rashi is more than the sum of his parts.
In an age of illiteracy he teaches his daughters to read and write both Hebrew and French. He rules the local Jewish court with an elegant blend of mercy and jurisprudence, debates politics and theology with his non-Jewish neighbours, and leads his community with an integrity respected by all.
In his last years, Rashi goes head to head with the legendary Crusader, Duke Godfrey of Boullion. Despite disappointment with the violent turn of history, Rashi manages to defend his people's right to freedom and spiritual choice. In so doing, he helps them maintain their self-respect and enables them to continue their centuries-long tradition.