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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.




 

ARTICLES ON KI SISA AND PURIM:

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Troubles Aren't Just a Good Reason to Pray
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Sign of a Jew
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

The Oil Of Anointing Was Meant To 'Light The Fire' of the Kohanim
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

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Lifting Our Cup of Salvation
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

From Rags to Riches
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

His Worst Nightmare Realized
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

From Calf to Cow
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Let Them Eat Cake
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

You Have the Power
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Why Did Moshe Need A Visual Image of The Half-Shekel Coin?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Purim's Dark Hour
Rabbi Eliezer Ginzburg - 5765

Oh No! Not DeNILE Again!
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

> A Jew and Proud of It!
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Purim Prudence
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Who Knows?!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

The Amalek Within Us
Shlomo Katz - 5764



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