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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 MIKETZ AND CHANUKAH:

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Don't Forget the Butler
Shlomo Katz - 5758

A Celebration of Spiritual Victory
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Nice Guys Finish Second -- Second in Command to Pharoah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

> Divine Providence
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

O Chanukah, O Chanukah . . .
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Light Over Darkness
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Of Fire and Money
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

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

Unsolicited Advice
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

ArtScroll

Yiras Shomayim: The G-d-fearer
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

The Miracle of the Oil
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

Reading Between The Lines
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Express Delivery
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Chanukah and the Torah Scholar
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Miketz - Preparing for the End
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Stuck on Gum
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757



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