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I try to understand the difference between two Chumash:

Kehot Chumash Synagogue Edition
Gutnick Chumash Synagogue Edition

What is the main difference and which one is recommended for use by Chabad Lubavitch? (Assuming that a person doesn’t know Hebrew yet)

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Kehot is the official publishing body of Chabad.

The Gutnick Chumash (published by kol Menachem) is made by rabbi Chaim miller who is a Lubavitcher.

Each one has its advantages and drawbacks. But overall I find they are relatively similar but that the kehot one does a better job at translating and helping to understand the basic Chumash. But the Gutnick one tends to be more popular.

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Both translations attempt to weave the interpretation of rashi into the text so what you get is not a word-for-word translation of the hebrew text of the torah. Not to say that it's ideal to interpret the torah literally, but what you get is a watered-down, one-sided view of the torah and rashi's interpretation according to the view of the translator which i consider to be a downside. The gutnick chumash has a box with explanations of different passages, terms, or ideas presented in the torah according to various commentators which i think is kind of cool. Both have a running commentary based on the writings of the lubavitcher rebbe. As mentioned in the other answer they're both pretty similar, but kehot is the official publishing house of chabad. If i had to pick one I'd probably pick the gutnick but i would honestly find a different chumash if you wanted a more accurate or less biased translation. Of course all translations are biased but in this case it's very obvious and so fundamental to the translation it's hard to work around.

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    Would you please say what translation is considered less biased and more accurate?
    – romario
    Feb 15 at 2:51
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    @romario artscroll, koren, jps
    – ezra
    Feb 15 at 14:51
  • Translation that follows Rashi is biased? We've (all Jews) been learning basic Chumash with Rashi since 1475...
    – user16403
    Feb 15 at 17:29
  • 0 Kehot Chumash is available online in different formats free of charge: chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/850580/jewish/…
    – user16403
    Feb 15 at 17:33
  • @user16403 Of course a translation that follows Rashi is biased against the other Rishonim (Ramban, Ibn Ezra, ......) and sometimes even Tannaim and Amoraim.
    – Heshy
    Feb 15 at 18:15

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