How did Rash"i's commentary on the Torah become the primary (phrasing intentionally vague) commentary among the hundreds of others that have been written?


Ramban refers to Rashi as "Lo Mishpat HaBechora" -- he has the rights of the firstborn. I think he's chronologically the first major commentary we have ... okay what about R' Saadiah Gaon ... I think R' Saadiah is more strictly translating words? Or is it that they didn't have R' Saadiah Gaon's commentary in Europe?

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    That was Ramba"n.
    – WAF
    Oct 20 '10 at 20:19
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    Rav Saadiah gaon's commentary was not universally accessible- it was in Arabic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saadia_Gaon#Works
    – Yahu
    Oct 31 '10 at 19:28
  • You are most welcome - I am sure you would have figured it out yourself knowing your record on m.y.!
    – Yahu
    Nov 3 '10 at 6:54

Simply due to its clarity - short and to the point + covering almost everything

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