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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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rav Hirsch: Rationalist? Chareidi?

See http://daattorah.blogspot.com/2011/11/rav-s-r-hirsch-his-contemporary.html (My comments start around half-way down the web page.) Dayan Grunfeld shows, in his introduction to Rav Hirsch's "Choreiv" (Horeb), page lxxxiv, "Intellect and Feeling", that Rav Hirsch included both the rational and the mystical in his thought. Therefore, it would appear that Rav Hirsch was neither rationalist, nor a "Chareidi" of his time, but is in his own category.