The Rashi script ( Hebrew כתב רש״י k'tav raschi ), rarely also rabbinical script , is a variant of the Hebrew script based on the Sephardic Hebrew semi-italic script , which is mainly used to reproduce rabbinic commentaries on texts from the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud . This typeface, called Maschket or Maschait script , was originally mainly used for book manuscripts and was retained after the invention of printing. It was first used in book printing, as far as is known, in the edition of the Torah commentary by the French-Jewish scholar Rashi (1040–1105) printed by Abraham ben Garton in 1475 in Reggio di Calabria . Since the Bible or Talmud text and rabbinic commentary in print are displayed on a page, such as in the Bomberg - and Soncino -Talmud spending, is the font of the distinction between primary text for which the Assyrian called square script is used and rabbinical comment and was named "Rashi Script". Rashi himself did not write in a Sephardic but in a Zarfatian script in northern French. Some believe that the Rashi script is difficult to read.
Traditionally the texts in Ladino were also printed in Rashi script , sometimes also Yiddish texts, for which, however, mostly an Ashkenazi Maschket script called "Waibertaitsch" was used. Today, both are usually printed in square font.
- The Rashi script compared to the square script
|Rashi script / square script|
|א =||ב =||ג =||ד =||ה =||ו =||ז =||ח =||ט =|
|י =||כ =||ך =||ל =||מ =||ם =||נ =||ן =||ס =|
|ע =||פ =||ף =||צ =||ץ =||ק =||ר =||ש =||ת =|
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- Rashi's Commentary on the Pentateuch. Reggio di Calabria: Abraham ben Garton, February 18, 1475. First dated printed Hebrew Book . Judaica Online Exhibitions, University of Pennsylvania
- David Bridger, Samuel Wolk (Ed.): The New Jewish Encyclopedia . Behrman House, West Orange, NJ 1976, p. 400, ISBN 0-87441-120-3 (English) online in extracts
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- John J. Parsons: Ketav Rashi. Learning Rashi Script . English introduction, hebrew4christians.com