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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Catholic Website Reviews The 19 Letters

Should Catholics draw inspiration from R' Hirsch's "19 Letters"?


Would Rav Hirsch approve?

Hat Tip: Daniel A.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Addition on the Shelves of the Beis Medrash

Thanks to Neil of the Modern Uberdox blog (Uberdox.blogspot.com) for adding "R' Mayer Schiller's Review of the Hirschian Derech Today" to our list of links to your right.

You don't have to agree with all of R'Schiller's positions to appreciate this brilliant, incisive, sometimes painful essay, showing us TIDEians what we're up against, with no punches pulled.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Challenge of Being A TIDEian; E-Mail Address

That's the challenge of being a TIDEian. We're so busy trying to use our "uncompromising Torah outlook" to keep our "modern-oriented lives" in order that we don't have enough time for efforts like this blog, that are meant to spread the word about TIDE!

My inconsistency in posting notwithstanding, please enjoy the TIDE links to your right. You can e-mail me about any TIDE links that I have not yet included there, or to drop me a comment/ question, at AviFromBMofTIDE@Juno.com. I'll try to check it around once a week.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

To the three commenters:

Rabbi Seif:

Thanks for the correction, I updated the "RSRH4ALL" link on the list of links.

I only wish I had more time to develop this site, so that I would get more traffic that could be sent your way.

I wish you much success in spreading Rav Hirsch's ideas!

Avi from BM of TIDE

Neil HarrisJune 12, 2012 10:29 PM
Just found your blog and I am really impressed with your links. I was the one who gave Dr. Levine the R Schiller article "The forgotten Humanism of RSRH".

My TIDE chevra of friends and I always believe that Moriah was meant to be more worldview/mussar based, in keeping with the idea of Torah [Choreiv] im Derech Eretz [Moriah].

Hope you don't mind I'll be linking your blog.


I loved that article! Thanks for supplying it to Dr. Levine.

I wish I had a TIDE chevra of friends; how do I join? :-)

Great idea re: Moriah and Choreiv.

Thanks for the link.

Avi from BM of TIDE

To the Anonymous commenter on the "First Steps" post: no doubt that there are explainers of the term "Derech Eretz" that see it as earning a living. Rav Hirsch's explanation includes this, but he sees it as being much more broad, and including more concepts. You might want to download Prof. Breuer's essays on The TIDE of R' Hirsch--see links on the list to the right.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Three Generations

I was happy to see one of my favorite books, Dayan Grunfeld's “Three Generations”, featured on the “The Book of Doctrines and Opinions” blog, www.kavvanah.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/dayan-isidor-gruenfeld-three-generations/

He makes a great point about the different types of TIDE, depending on which epoch in R' Hirsch's life, or which generation of his students we are referring to.

Another important point was made about R' Isaac Breuer's outlook on the Zionism, which is probably as close as we'll get to knowing what R' Hirsch's own outlook would have been.