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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 VAESCHANAN AND TU BEAV:

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Finding Energy
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

At Peace With Itself
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

Ahavas Hashem: For the Love of G-d
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

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Rejoicing in a Month of Misfortune: Part 1
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Irreplaceable
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Consolation
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

How Can We Be Comforted?
Shlomo Katz - 5759

The One And Only
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5768

ArtScroll

The Master Smelter
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Itís free!
Shlomo Katz - 5773

The Long Journey to the Heart
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

> Humble, Yet Proud
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Switching Gears
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

The Wiser We Will Be
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

The Double Nation
Shlomo Katz - 5764



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