Saints and Sinners: A Midrashic Insight Into the Lives of Joseph, Aharon, Miriam, Lavan, Esav and Bilaam
Rabbi Chaim Spring and Jay Shapiro
"Saints and Sinners" is essentially two books in one. The first part is a novel in-depth analysis of three righteous persons in the Torah - Yosef, Aharon and Miriam; and three wicked persons - Lavan, Esav and Bilaam. The main characteristics of these personae are determined using Midrashic sources and biblical commentators including Rashi, Nachmanides, Malbim, and other authoritative glosses.
The second, self-contained part of the book, entitled Hamenorah Hatehorah, is a detailed analysis of the style of Rashi and the rules used in his commentary. More than one hundred rules are documented and elucidated. This offers a unique opportunity for students at all levels of experience to understand both the depth and the greatness of Rashi.