Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Seeing that the Kol Menachem Gutnick Edition Chumash is now advertising their new "Shul edition" brought to mind a question: Is there a need for this at all?
There's a letter from the Rebbe in the '60's - IIRC to Shazar - where he addresses the then newly printed "Keter Aram Tzova" Chumash that was going to revolutionize the Chumash as we knew it, putting forth a new, "correct" version. The Rebbe opined then that things like this build greater divides between Yidden, whereas until now all Frum Yidden used one Chumash you'll now have the the Religious Zionists using a newer, better version, while the old timers will keep their old version. "All this for what?" was the Rebbe's cry, why divide Yidden even further.
This may sound like I'm not a team player, but this seems like a personal, albeit justified, fight with Artscroll for not including Lubavitch and the Rebbe in their Chumashim. That has since changed somewhat since the A/S Shul Chumash does bring the Rambam's opinion on the Meneyreh, the Lucheys on the book cover are square, and they bring the Chabad Minhog of Hafteyreh where it differs from the Ashkenazi Minhog. But why is there a need for a different Chumash at all? If you need a Peyrush on the Chumash take out the seyfer and learn it. That's the way we did it in the old days anyway, and we actually listened to the Leynen!.
Heichel Menachem in Yerushalayim just began to print a Bi'ur of the Rebbe on Chumash, Lefi Seder HaParshiyes. It looks like nice work, although most of these abridged versions do the Rebbe's Teyreh no justice. They fail to show the learner how this Bi'ur was reached and how this Vort came to be. It makes it look like the Teyreh Kval. There too the Chumash was omitted. Do you hear me Meir Gutnick?