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Chumash Chorev ha-Menukad
Chorev Publishing House - Feldheim Publishing
Jerusalem, Israel, (1999)

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - February 11, 2002

While there are several large print editions of the Chumash available, most of these editions do not contain any commentaries. This presents a decided disadvantage for individuals with low vision, or for those who simply prefer to read book with a larger than normal type size, who desire a Chumash with commentaries. In my search for such an edition of the Chumash, I have found only one - the Chorev edition of the Chumash.

The five-volume, Chumash Chorev set is available only in Hebrew, and it does not contain any English translations. It contains the complete text of the Chumash, as well as the commentaries (Mefarshim) of Rashi, Targam Onkelos, Ikkar Sifsei, Chachamim (the Sages), Ba'al HaTurim, and Toldos Aharon. The main text, and all the commentaries, except for Toldos Aharon, are completely vowelized. In addition, Rashi's and the Chachamims' commentaries, are printed in the Rashi script, with vowels.

The Chumash Chorev has been published as a five volume set, one volume for each book of the Torah (i.e., the Five Books of Moses), which consists of Bereishis (Genesis), Shemos (Exodus), Vayikra (Leviticus), Bemidbar (Numbers), and Devarim (Deuteronomy). These volumes can be purchased from Feldheim Publishing as a complete set, or as individual volumes.

The pages are nicely designed , with the text carefully laid out to allow for easy navigation between the main text and the commentaries. This design makes this edition a pleasure to study from. While this is a large print edition, the font size does vary between the main text and the commentaries. The text of the Chumash is presented in crisp, bold, 24 point font size. The letters are well spaced, as are the vowels, making the text comfortable and easy to read. The commentaries are printed in a much smaller font size. Most of the commentaries are printed in a 12-point font, with main points accented by bold lettering. The Rashi's commentaries, however, are printed in a bold, 16-point font size. Throughout, even in the smaller sized fonts, the text is printed in a clear, black typeface, and the vowels are clearly distinct from the letters they embellish.

The Chumash Chorev is a wonderful edition of the Chumash. It will serve the needs of individuals with low vision, and it is also suitable for students just learning Hebrew who are not yet comfortable reading the Chumash, and commentaries, without vowels. Supplementary material is also included in this edition, such as a comparison chart that illustrates the differences between the modern Hebrew alphabet and Rashi's script, and a list of the weekly readings.

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