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

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New On Our Shelves

Rabbi Zev Elef, "American Orthodoxy's Lukewarm Embrace of the Hirschian Legacy, 1850-1939".

I didn't have a chance to read all of it yet. But at least two of those he named as having consulted for this series of articles are people I know to be top experts on Rav Hirsch and Torah Im Derech Eretz!


Hat Tip: Daniel A.


  1. The first two people he thanks,on the bottom of the first page.

    The first one is one of the main people responsible for publishing many of Rav Hirsch's writings in English. The second is a famous expert on Jewish history.