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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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The Illusion of Jealousy
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Change of Heart
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5763

The Mechanism of Spirituality
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

> Last But Not Least
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

The Sweet Taste of Victory
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Avodah Zarah: Of Idols & Ideology
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

G-d Cares
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Abundant Appreciation
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5764

A Request
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5768


Help My Life Could Use some Tech Support!
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Back to Basics
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Fear: Our Greatest Power
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

Shabbos Speak
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

What Did Yisro Hear That Prompted Him
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

The Case For Achdus
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

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