Welcome to the Beis Midrash, where TIDE is alive and well! I recommend you start with the blog's Inaugural Post by scrolling to the bottom.

Please differentiate between the great classic Torah Im Derech Eretz (TIDE) writings, and the blog's own writings, which are those of a novice student of TIDE.

Please consult your rabbi about anything you read here that you find controversial.

“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

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Modernity Within Tradition" Has Arrived!

A while back, Rabbi Dr. Shnayer (Sid Z.) Leiman told the Shabbos crowd at our shul that Professor Mordechai Breuer's "Modernity Within Tradition" is a must-read for everyone present. I don't remember his exact words, but my impression was that he considers it to be a mussar book of sorts, to be studied by observant Jews who have regular jobs and interact with the modern world. The idea is to learn from the TIDE experience of Germany: what went well, as well as what did not.

I have too much to read already, and a very small budget for books, so I held off buying it. But when I saw that there were very few left on Amazon books---only two or three with reasonable prices---I decided to buy it.

This book could make a great sequel to the planned posts on Professor Breuer's article "TIDE BiMishnaso Shel Rabbi Shamshon Rephael Hirsch". It would make sense to start with the article in order to understand the theory of TIDE; then go to the book in order to emulate what went well in practice, and avoid what did not.

If you can afford it, you might want to get your copy now http://www.amazon.com/Modernity-Within-Tradition-Orthodox-Imperial/dp/0231074700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1289708197&sr=1-1

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