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“There is a popular notion that, unlike Hasidism and Musar, which attempted to deepen the religious experience of the Jew, the Hirschian system aimed at merely preserving Judaism against the onslaught of Western culture. It is our conviction that this notion is erroneous. Study of R. Hirsch's writings and commentaries has been for many a most effective source of Musar, deepening our spiritual grasp of Judaism.”---Rabbi Shelomoh Danziger, last paragraph of http://www.stevens.edu/golem/llevine/rsrh/Clarification%20of%20RSRH_danziger.pdf

Monday, July 4, 2011

Left Yeshivah or Kollel?

Or if you will have to leave in the near future: Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky's Shiur #33 "Klal U'phrat" is MUST listening. See http://www.torahlectures.com/c-125.aspx ; download Shiur number 33.

Among the topics covered: How do we reconcile the constant "Torah Only" message of the yeshiva, with currently having to spend most of our day at work? Are we now left with the rock-and-hard-place choice of either viewing this message as naive, or viewing ourselves as failures, "bidieved" Jews?

Also highly recommended for those in this situation: Shiurim numbers 30, 31, 32, 34, and 35.

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