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

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.