Rabbi Moshe ben Chayim Alshich (hakadosh), was born in Adrianople in 1508 and died in Damascus circa 1600. He was Rabbi in Safed and Damascus, ordained by Rabbi Joseph Karo. He wrote more than 1400 responsa and was famous as an eloquent preacher, the most popular of his century. His commentary is based on sermons delivered throughout his long career. He also wrote commentaries on almost the entire Bible. His allegorical method of interpretation coupled with meticulous attention to every detail in the written text, represents a happy medium between the rational and the mystical approach. He emphasizes first and foremost the Mussar, the moral ethical lessons to be derived from the Torah.
The editor, Eliyahu Munk, has enjoyed a career extending over two decades in Israel during which he has published over 25 books representing translations of the most eminent classical commentaries which had not yet been translated into English.