Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rav's wRitings Recently Revived - Rav Shamshon Raphael Hirsch

I was pleasantly surprised to see that a new volume (IX) has been published of Rav Shamshon Raphael Hirsch's writings. It has been a long time since the publishing of volume VIII.

What is fascinating is that the timeless essays are just as relevant in the 21st century as they were in the 19th.

The description below is from Feldheim's website:

This supplemental volume to the Collected Writings of Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch contains articles not published in the original 8 volumes, as well as a comprehensive subject and source index to the entire Collected Writings series.

The articles reflect the ever-valid Hirschian ideology, on the following topics:

Naphtulei Niphtalti-a refutation of Reform rationales

Jewish Observations - a statement against anti-Semitism and derision of Torah

Rabbinic Judaism and General Education - an affirmation of ""Torah im Derech Eretz""

Address: Schiller Centenary - an evaluation of the worth of the secular within Torah parameters

Outrage in Hamburg - a criticism of a Jewish community's response to a forbidden marriage, thereby highlighting the need for independent Orthodoxy

Address: Battle of the Nations - an appreciation of civil freedom and its meaning for Jews

Two Letters - on the Aggadah - an analysis of the authority of Halachah and Aggadah

Carmel and Sinai - a call to faithful Torah observance amidst the challenge of the times


  1. Anyone can write new books when he's alive. But doing it when you're dead, now that's an achievement.

  2. Garnel, see this post:

  3. Oh I know (and I remember that post). A great example is all the books written by the Rav, zt"l, recently. My local rav, whose father was a talmid of the Rav's, joked that his publishing career really took off too late for him to get any naches out of it.


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