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Lot #    9310
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 12:09:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Gesammelte Schriften Vol. 3-4
Author    R. Samson Raphael Hirsch
City    Frankfort am Main
Publisher    J. Kauffmann
Publication Date    1906-08
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Volumes 3 & 4 only, 215:145, usual age staining, wide margins, crisp edges. A very good copy bound in the original cloth boards, spines rubbed and split.
   R. Hirsch's collected essays on a wide range of important topics. While the Reform wing, with Geiger at its head, sought to demonstrate that Judaism was nothing more than a religious sect, Hirsch considered that G-d had established Israel as a people and not as a religious congregation, even though the concept of Judaism also includes dat (religion). Hirsch employs the concept "national Jewish consciousness" in his writings, and they are not altogether devoid of traces of love for Zion. "The Jewish people, though it carries the Torah with it in all the lands of its dispersion, will never find its table and lamp [i.e., its economic and spiritual development] except in the Holy Land" (vol. 3, p. 411). A highly important collection.

R. Samson b. Raphael Hirsch (18081888) 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, R. 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.

   I. Grunfeld, Three Generations: The Influence of Samson Raphael Hirsch on Jewish Life and Thought (1958), incl. extensive bibliography; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Philosophy
Language:    German
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