Friday, August 05, 2005

Rashi Wein

Soccer Dad notes Rashi's 900th yahrzeit as well. He also writes that
Rabbi [Berel] Wein estimated that 80% of Ashkenazi Jewry is descended from Rashi. Michael Gerver's calculations led him to believe that the percentage was somewhat higher.
Is that even a remotely plausible statement? It sounds really, really off to me. I honestly don't know what to make of it.

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