Samson Raphael Hirsch: The Father of Neo-Orthodoxy
The 19th-century rabbi who shaped a modern Orthodox community in bridging traditional practice and Enlightenment thinking.
There is no doubt that Hirsch was highly successful in winning over more than one generation of German Jews to a deeper appreciation of the meaning of Judaism for modern man. In Hirsch's congregation in Frankfurt and elsewhere there were to be found cultured men and women, bankers, university professors, physicians, artists, scientists, and men of letters, thoroughly at home in Western society and yet observant in their daily lives. These men demonstrated that Hirsch's philosophy was viable. To the present day, neo-Orthodoxy is an acceptable Jewish way of life, and for this most of the credit goes to Hirsch and his vision.
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