Rashi:

The prophecy: of Zechariah is extremely enigmatic, because it contains visions resembling a dream that requires an interpretation. We cannot ascertain the truth of its interpretation until the teacher of righteousness comes. Nonetheless, I will put my heart to reconciling the verses, one by one, according to the interpretations that resemble it and following the interpretation of Jonathan.

Keith:

I am the teacher of righteousness of Isaiah 53 that Rashi mentions. Rashi, who interprets Isaiah 53 to be the servant Israel as one man recognized at this time of interpreting Zechariah that Isaiah 53 described a particular man. What he did not know is that Isaiah 53 not only describes G-d’s righteous servant who makes the many righteous by his knowledge it describes Elijah of Malachi 3 and cannot be the servant Israel. Rashi is known for his inconsistencies in his interpretations.

Dreams and visions in the scripture are of very limited use for prophecy. It is difficult enough when spoken directly by the L-rd and indirectly by the word of the L-rd. Dreams and visions have to be interpreted in view of the prophet, when and where he lived, his audience and the purposes G-d may have had outside of prophecy.

Keith Ellis McCarty, Esquire

Zechariah, Chapter 1 (from Chabad.org English translation of the entire Tanach with Rashi’s commentary. This Tanakh translation has been completely revised with a modern translation of the Hebrew of the Jewish Bible to English begun in 1955 and copyrighted in 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. I have used the JPS Tanakh for the verses without changing the commentary of Rashi. There are minor differences in the words he comments on in some of the verses).

Rashi:

The prophecy: of Zechariah is extremely enigmatic, because it contains visions resembling a dream that requires an interpretation. We cannot ascertain the truth of its interpretation until the teacher of righteousness comes. Nonetheless, I will put my heart to reconciling the verses, one by one, according to the interpretations that resemble it and following the interpretation of Jonathan.

Keith:

I am the teacher of righteousness of Isaiah 53 that Rashi mentions. Rashi…

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