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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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Fine Feathered Smells
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

The Value of Good Advice
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

In Order To Be A Believer, One Must First Be Trustworthy
- 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Korban Pesach: Blood of the Offering
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Hearing Voices from Heaven
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Moshe Waited for the Call
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Responding To The Call
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Measuring Up
Shlomo Katz - 5773

An Order Of Intelligence
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770


Punching a Hole(y) in Amalek's View
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

The Relationship Between Leavening Agents and the Yetzer Hara
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Fate and Purpose
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

> Tuning In
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

A Guide to Choosing Proper Sacrifices
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Call to the Wild
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

The Completion of the Mishkan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

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