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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 Question Brings Hope
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Without Cover!
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Not Racist but Reishis
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Lishmah or Lo Lishmah?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Behold! A Nation
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

The Red Heifer Reality
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

ArtScroll

The Apter Rav: How Do You Spell Ahavas Yisrael?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Jewish Dwellings
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Bilaam's Obsession
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

> The Best Things In Life Are Different When They Come For Free
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

The Sod Of A Best-Seller
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

All Pain, No Gain
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Coincidence?
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Welcome, Oh Honored Me!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Conquer the Physical
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

It Could Happen to You!
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758



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