In his commentary to the Talmud, Rashi usually just gives us a simple explanation of the word or phrase he is commenting on. However, every so often he quotes his teachers. It seems to me that when he quotes his teachers he almost always questions their explanation, or outright disagrees.

Is my impression correct that Rashi usually quotes his teachers to disagree with them? Has anyone done a study of all of Rashi's comments to see if there are any such patterns?

If my impression is correct, what could be possible reasons for this tendency?

(Could it be that all his comments are what he received from his teachers and he only mentions them in the few cases where he disagrees?)

Do any Rabbinic sources discuss this?

A few examples:

Shabbat 76b

אבל רבותי פירשו

Shabbat 85b

כך נראית שיטה זו בעיני ולא פירשו רבותי כן

Shabbat 92b

כך לשון רבותי ולבי מגמגם

Shabbat 138b

כך פירשו רבותי וכן מצאתי בתשובת הגאונים ואיני יודע מהו

Rosh Hashanah 25a

כך פירשו רבותי ולבי נוקפי

Ketubot 3a

שמעתי כל רבותי מפרשים דקדיש בכספא דקידושי דרבנן נינהו ואי אפשר לומר כן

  • By the mere fact that Rash"i didn't learn Chumash or Gemara with Rash"i, we have a problem :-) Seriously - disagreeing with someone's explanation doesn't correlate to being rebellious. Why would you assume that? – DanF Apr 10 '18 at 22:00
  • @DanF I used the word "rebellious" liberally to have an attention-grabbing title. – Alex Apr 10 '18 at 22:09
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    I assume everything Rashi says is from his teachers. He quotes them explicitly when he disagrees with their interpretation...Although I have seen him quote his teachers even when he agrees with them – robev Apr 10 '18 at 22:10
  • You should read the Ran on Nedarim who very often rejects all the Rishonim and his own rebbes in favour of his own opinion and he should be Blessed for it – user15464 Apr 10 '18 at 22:22

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