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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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A Spiritual Holiday
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Shlomo Katz - 5768

Let Sleeping Fogs Lie
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Ultimate Antidote for Eisav
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

A Spell of Brotherliness
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Jewish Observer
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

> Think It Through
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

Thanks for What?
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Some on Chariots, and Some on Horses
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

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The Jug May Be Only Half Full, But It Will Never Be Empty
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Unconditional Love
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Our Power is Found
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764


Yaakov Did Not Rely Solely on Prayer
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

History Reenacted
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

Achieving Balance
Shlomo Katz - 5767

Enlightening the Present From the Past
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

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