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The writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (RSRH) deeply resonate with many people today, as they have since the time he penned them in the middle of the nineteenth century, using them to recreate a community of modern, Torah-faithful Jews in Frankfurt that had all but disappeared. Many find that, ironically, his words seem more suited for our times than when he composed them. He stands almost alone among commentators in dealing with many themes of modernity: cultrual evolution; our relationships with non-Jews; the Jewish mission to the rest of civilization; freedom of the will versus determinism; autonomy and totalitarianism; understanding the impact of paganism on the ancient world. Of course, his treatment of symbolism.

Each week, we will present some thought of RSRH on the parshah. Most will be taken from his great commentary on the Torah. Recognizing that his language is often a barrier to students, we will take his thought and completely retool and reframe it. We hope that the kernel thought will be faithful to him, while the development will remain the responsibility of the author.

We hope that these offerings will prove to be an inspiring and enlightening weekly foray into the rich world of the contribution of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

If you'd like, you can see the list of all archived Rav Hirsch articles on the Parsha, or the index to all archived Torah Portion articles.




 






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Wake-Up Call
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

A "Sneak Preview" of History
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

The Lesson of Avraham
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Attitude Conditioning
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Go Away!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

The Lech Lecha Test Rates Higher Than The Ur Kasdim Test
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Entering the Land of Canaan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Recognizing the Source of Our Good
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

No Second Thoughts
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

ArtScroll

Lotís and Lots of Opportunities
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

When Things Don't Go As Planned
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

Outsiders
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

> To the Land That I Will Show You
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Location is Everything
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Spiritual Lamarckism
Rabbi Dovid Begoun - 5766



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