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Hebrew in Print

Any study of the first five books of the Bible should include the commentary of Rabbi Sholmo Yitzchaki [shih-LOW-moe yitz-HAH-key (close enough)], more popularly known as Rashi [RAH-shee]. His commentary is concise, and enlightening. He died in 1105 but his commentary lives on, at first copied by hand. Now it will appear in print, the first book to be printed in Hebrew using the new printing press. Abraham Garton will use a new typeface for Rashi's commentary to distinguish it from the biblical text. The new typeface will be known thereafter as Rashi Script even though Rashi had nothing to do with it. It remains in print to this day.[1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
A large part of the Jewish world thinks that Rashi is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'm not one of them. Thus I was never that interested in learning how to read Rashi script. I'm a fan of Ramban [rahm-bahn] (also known as Nahmanides [nahk-MAHN-ih-deez]). His five volume set of commentary sits on the bookshelf behind me. It was written some time in the 1200s. From my point of view Ramban takes a more logical approach to the biblical texts. (I could say more but then it gets into issues too technical to handle in a sentence or two, so I'll leave it there.)[4]

Balboa is Born... not Rocky... the OTHER Balboa

The man who will discover the Pacific Ocean is born this year in Spain near the border of Portugal. His name is Vasco Núñez de Balboa. In the modern day he will become so popular it seems that his name is placed on just about everything from high schools, parks, cities and a really, really expensive island in Newport Beach, California. He is no relation to Rocky Balboa, though. [5] [6] [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Balboa was the biggest loser of the New World. It seemed that no matter what he did, he was always one step ahead of his creditors. Eventually, they will catch up with him... resulting in his beheading in 1517. Apparently there was no money in discovering large bodies of water.

Michelangelo is Born... not the Turtle... the Artist

Michelangelo is born in the town of Caprese. Shortly thereafter his father, a judicial administrator, will move the family to Florence. When Michelangelo's mother becomes ill, he will live with a stone-cutter's family. Michelangelo is quoted as saying: "Giorgio, if I have anything of genius, it came to me from being born in the subtle air of your country of Arezzo, while from my nurse I got the chisel and hammer with which I make my figures." He will show an early talent and by the age of 14, Michelangelo will amaze people with his drawings. Along with Leonardo Da Vinci, he will be considered one the the greatest of the Renaissance artists. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Michelangelo is best known for his statue of David, and the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Oddly enough he wasn't supposed to paint the ceiling. He was actually commissioned to produce a statue in the likeness of the Pope but that deal fell through so he was given the job of painting the ceiling.

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1475, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Rashi script - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 21 November 2014.
  2. Rashi - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 21 November 2014.
  3. Abraham Garton - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 22 November 2014.
  4. Nahmanides - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 21 November 2014.
  5. Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0385177712. “He outfitted an expedition of 190 Spanish soldiers and a thousand Indian warriors and headed inland from the Panama coast [...] On September 7, 1513, he found himself on the other side of the isthmus, facing what seemed to be a huge body of water. Since Panama runs east and west and the Atlantic was on the north shore; Balboa called this new body of water the South Sea.” 
  6. Vasco Núñez de Balboa - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 25 November 2014.
  7. Balboa Island, Newport Beach - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 25 November 2014.
  8. Vasari, Giorgio. Stories of the Italian artists from Vasari. London: Chatto & Windus, 278-279. “But his inclination to the arts of design being strong, he spent all his time in drawing, as far as he could do so secretly, for he was often scolded by his father and those who were over him, and sometimes beaten for it, they supposing, perhaps, that it was a low thing, and unworthy of his ancient house.” 
  9. Michelangelo - Facts & Summary. history.com (2014). Retrieved on 25 November 2014.
  10. Michelangelo - Biography - Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Poet. biography.com (2014). Retrieved on 25 November 2014.
  11. Michelangelo - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  12. Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]

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