||Handsome volume issued on the centennial of the birthday of R. Samson Raphael Hirsch. The title page informs that it was issued under the editorship of Israelit on 25 Sivan 5668 (Wednesday, June 24, 1908). The verso of the title page has a table of contents, which is divided into three parts: a) essays and letters b) poems and brief essays and c) pictures. The first part has nineteen essays on such subjects as a portrait of his life; his first rabbinic position; as Oberlandesrabbiner; S. R. Hirsch and the Austrian revolution of 1848; religious philosophy in his commentary on the Pentateuch; his scientific method (wissenschaftliche methode); views on internal German-Jewish politics; as an educator; in Hungary; in Holland; and a bibliography of his works and treatises. There are four entries in the second part and thirteen to part C. The pictures include a full page facial portrait of R. Hirsch; R. Mendel Frankfurter; Raphael and Gella Hirsch, his parents; Chacham Bernays; R. Hirsch as Landsrabbiner in Emden; Moses Mendelsohn; the Altschule in Nicolsburg; and the cemetery in Nicolsburg. A large size attractive volume issued to commemorate R. Samson Raphael Hirsch.
R. Samson (ben) Raphael Hirsch (1808–1888) was the leader and foremost exponent of Orthodoxy in Germany in the 19th century. Born in Hamburg, Hirsch studied Talmud there with his grandfather R. Mendel Frankfurter. His education was also influenced by rabbis Jacob Ettlinger and Isaac Bernays, and by his father, R. Raphael (who had changed his surname from Frankfurter to Hirsch). R. Hirsch's importance as a religious spiritual leader, his wide influence as a preacher and teacher, organizer and writer, made him a dedicated champion of Orthodoxy in its controversy with the Reform-liberal Judaism. While advocating strict adherence to halakhah, Hirsch tried to find a solution to the political and cultural challenges presented in modern life to Judaism. He considered his view of Judaism not as a system of philosophical speculation but as an explication of the Sinaitic revelation. Despite widespread opposition to his ideas from many circles in German Jewry his personal qualities won their respect and admiration. Reference Description EJ; Grunfeld (ed. and tr.), in: S. R. Hirsch, Horeb - Essays on Israel's Duties in the Diaspora (1962), xviii–clxii; idem, Three Generations: The Influence of Samson Raphael Hirsch on Jewish Life and Thought (1958), incl. extensive bibliography; idem (ed.), in: S. R. Hirsch, Judaism Eternal, 1 (1959), xlix–lxi (a complete list of Hirsch's publications); N. H. Rosenbloom, Tradition in an Age of Reform: the Religious Philosophy of Samson Raphael Hirsch (1976); J. Rosenheim, Samson Raphael Hirsch's Cultural Ideal and Our Times (1951).