Eastern Jews esteemed Me'am Lo'ez as a major classic, affording it the same status as the Talmud and Mishnah. Reading it each day was a religious duty; it was a highly popular text for synagogue classes held each evening.
Many count Me'am Lo'ez among the best commentaries ever written on the Bible - in any language. The book is a veritable enclyclopedia of Jewish knowledge.
In 1967, Moznaim (Vagshal) put out a Hebrew translation, Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez, and it proved to be one of the most popular Hebrew books ever published. Close to a quater million have already been sold.