Judaism Eternal: Selected Essays from the Writings of Samson Raphael Hirsch - Vol. 1

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SAMSON RAPHAEL HIRSCH--THE MAN AND HIS MISSION

SAMSON RAPHAEL HIRSCH , rabbi, statesman and philosopher, was indeed a rare phenomenon in our history. Whether we turn to him as a Biblical commentator who had a most original way of expounding the eternal message of the Torah, or as an educationist who founded the first orthodox Jewish Secondary School in Europe; as a statesman who, while a member of the Moravian Parliament, delivered immortal orations on the meaning of human freedom and the dignity of man; whether we look at him as the philosopher of Jewish Law who by his system of symbolism started a new school in the elucidation of the spirit of our observances

(ת ו צ מ ה י מ ע ט);
as the ingenious organizer and communal leader; as the defender of Torah-Judaism against misunderstanding and misinterpretation--we shall always find in him a great historic personality who shaped and influenced Jewish history by reviving the past and preparing for the future.

The universality of Samson Raphael Hirsch's mind, the range of his intellect and knowledge, the depth of his historic vision, the clarity of his Jewish conception are truly amazing, whilst the certainty and absoluteness of his religious convictions are awe-inspiring.

Great historic personalities who permanently influence the trend of the human mind can never be understood as mere individuals. They can be appreciated only in their historical setting. Such great men usually appear at points of historical transition, at crises of human civilisations.

Modern historians incline more and more to the view that world history is nothing other than the story of the relationship between Religion and Civilisation. This conception of the philosophy of history owes its main driving power to the writings of Arnold Toynbee, the outstanding historian of our time, especially to his famous "A Study of History". It is, however, in his epoch-making book "Civilisation on Trial" that Professor Toynbee makes a thorough analysis of the

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  • Title Page i
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Table of Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Samson Raphael Hirsch--The Man And His Mission xiii
  • Bibliography xlix
  • Part I - Reflections on The Jewish Calendar Year 1
  • Chapter II - Cheshvan 15
  • Chapter III - Kislev 20
  • Chapter IV - Tebeth 29
  • Chapter V - Shebat 35
  • Chapter VI Adar 47
  • Chapter VII - Nisan 57
  • Chapter IX - Sivan 88
  • Chapter X - Tammuz 117
  • Chapter XI - Av 126
  • Chapter XII - Elul Shofar and Selichoth 142
  • Part II - Jewish Education 153
  • Chapter XIV - Religious Instruction 160
  • Chapter XV - On the Place of Ethical Training in School Education 174
  • Chapter XVI - On Hebrew Instruction As Part of a General Education 188
  • Chapter XVII - The Relation of General To Specially Jewish Education 203
  • Part III - Educational Talks 221
  • Chapter XVIII - Educational Talks 223
  • Educational Talks 232
  • Index of Subjects 253
  • Index to Passages Cited 268
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