Thoughts on making sense of change within Judaism
Not everything here is directly relevant to Rabbi Hirsch’s teachings, but those teachings were certainly the inspiration behind this short book.
So what’s it all about? Given how radically the practice of mainstream Orthodoxy has changed over the past 350 years, individuals seeking to live a more traditional Torah lifestyle will naturally want to know whether they’ll face any serious obstacles. Are the new rules somehow binding? Are they necessarily in conflict with traditional practice? What, actually, are the sources for the innovations?
Feel free to join me by reading these essays and adding your thoughts in the comments. Together, perhaps we can come to understand this thing better.
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A dialog about Rabbi Hirsch’s relationship with kabbala: