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

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CHAPTER XI
AV

The Mourning of the Ninth of Av -- The Lament for the Fall of Zion, and the Love of Fatherland.

I T is now some six or seven and twenty years ago 1 since, one evening of the ninth of Av, the Rabbi of a small town in South Germany had his synagogue brilliantly lit up and invited the members of his congregation to attend in their best clothes. This was the night when over the whole face of the earth, wherever a small group of Jews form a congregation and come together for prayer in the House of God, light and cheerfulness and festive mood are banished from the gathering, and every man who calls himself a Jew sits mourning on the ground, and the Lamentations of Jeremiah over the orphaned city of God find an echo in every Jewish breast. And it was on this evening that the preacher mentioned mounted the pulpit and raised a loud protest against this sadness and this mourning and this yearning for Palestine. He accused the millions of his mourning brethren in the whole world around him of treason and enmity towards State and Fatherland, and he called on his dismayed congregation, in contrast to these millions, to show by means of a festal celebration their repudiation of the out-of-date yearning for Palestine, and to give proof of their patriotic attachment to the Fatherland in which they lived and worked, and from which they at least hoped to obtain full civic freedom and equality. Jerusalem, he said, was here. Palestine was now situated on German soil.

We still remember vividly the indignation with which we were all filled when the South-German newspapers gave publicity to this incident and by means of judicious praise lent encouragement to this "awakening of a better Jewish consciousness." This time was the beginning of the Jewish "Sturm und Drang" period in which young Jewish pastors girded up

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This article appeared in 1855.

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Table of contents

  • 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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