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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Tzaraas isn’t leprosy

The laws of tzaraas are incomprehensible if we adopt the general translation.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Tzaraas isn’t leprosy

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Tethered to the past

Our mission and our ancestors’ mission are one and the same.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Tethered to the past

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Do you care?

Animosity is often better than indifference.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Do you care?

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Enmeshed in darkness

Why couldn’t the Jews erect the Mishkan at night?

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Enmeshed in darkness

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Mirrors in the Mishkan

G-d wants us to sanctify the physical, not shun it.

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Mirrors in the Mishkan

Rav Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Want to be free?

The Torah enables us to rise above the natural order.

Rav Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Want to be free?

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Hold its feet

The Jewish lamb is happy, joyful, and virile – not meek.

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Hold its feet

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: 6 and 1

The menorah teaches us how to live our lives.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: 6 and 1

Rabbi Hirsch: Cardiac Jews, Orthopraxic Jews

Neither the heart nor the deed is sufficient. G-d wants both.

Rabbi Hirsch: Cardiac Jews, Orthopraxic Jews

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Year zero

We’re not supposed to start from scratch every generation.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Year zero

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Speak up!

Tell your children what you believe and why.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Speak up!

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Moshe wasn’t G-d

The Torah wanted to make sure we didn’t get carried away.

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Moshe wasn’t G-d

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Religion isn’t a game

​​​​​​​Pharaoh didn’t take Moshe seriously because he didn’t take his own religion seriously.

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Religion isn’t a game

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: The secret world of fish

​​​​​​​Outsiders don’t see what happens beneath the surface.

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: The secret world of fish

Rabbi S.R. Hirsch on the parsha: Should we pave our own path?

Individuality is valuable but only if the Torah lies at its core.

Rabbi S.R. Hirsch on the parsha: Should we pave our own path?

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha:Is your wife on the same page as you?

Asnas came from a very different background than Yosef, but she embraced his vision.

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha:Is your wife on the same page as you?

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Keep burning

Hashem wants every aspect of our life to be fuel for His fire.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Keep burning

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch: A recipe for peace of mind

A guilty conscience plagued Yaakov before meeting Esav.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch: A recipe for peace of mind

Rav Hirsch on the parsha: Don’t let the angels laugh at you

The solution is on earth, not in heaven.

Rav  Hirsch on the parsha: Don’t let the angels laugh at you

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Improper parenting

Yistchak and Rivkah raised Esav without regard to his nature.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Improper parenting

Rav Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Are adolescents innocent?

They can be – if they follow Sarah and Rivkah’s example.

Rav Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Are adolescents innocent?

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Merciless Rapists

Sodom’s population had no redeeming element.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Merciless Rapists

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Avraham, the first “Protestant”

​​​​​​​We’re supposed to change the world, not Torah.

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Avraham, the first “Protestant”

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on mankind: Are we born good?

A famous verse ןמ Genesis 8 seems to suggest otherwise.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on mankind: Are we born good?

​​​Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: A time for action

G-d expects pious Jews to do more than pray.

​​​Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: A time for action

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Torah, not therapy

​​​​​​​The answer to our problems – and the source of our joy – is Divine meaning.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Torah, not therapy

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on Sukkot: Smile

G-d wants us to be happy.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on Sukkot: Smile

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parshah: Cowering in fear

Avodah Zarah prevents man from being fully human.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parshah: Cowering in fear

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on Rosh Hashanah: Facts, not feelings

The High Holy Days aren’t about cheap sentimentality.

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on Rosh Hashanah: Facts, not feelings

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Breathing isn’t enough

Life is more than the absence of death.

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Breathing isn’t enough

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Are we clannish?

Our very first task upon entering the Promised Land involved outreach to non-Jews.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Are we clannish?

Rabbi Samson Refael Hirsch on the parsha: Why Is she stoned?

Marriage is much more than a physical union.

Rabbi Samson Refael Hirsch on the parsha:   Why Is she stoned?

Rabbi Shimshon Refael Hirsch on the parasha: We need a king!

A Jewish king’s purpose starts where that of a non-Jewish king often ends.

Rabbi Shimshon Refael Hirsch on the parasha: We need a king!

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Kisoh, kosoh and ka’asoh

The Talmud tells us three ways to assess character. The three festivals show how this works.

Kisoh, kosoh and ka’asoh

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parasha: It's in our hands

Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Eval teach us that our environment isn’t determinative.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parasha: It's in our hands

Rabbi Shinshon Rafael Hirsch: Should we make the Torah easier?

Our ancestors found G-d’s law difficult to obey, but G-d never lowered His standards.

Rabbi Shinshon Rafael Hirsch: Should we make the Torah easier?

Rav Shimshon R. Hirsch on the parasha: Why study Torah?

Torah knowledge without practical application “has no value.”

Rav Shimshon R. Hirsch on the parasha: Why study Torah?

Rav Shimshon R. Hirsch on the parsha: Empires and Expansionism

We aren’t the only people to whom G-d assigned a land.

Rav Shimshon R. Hirsch on the parsha: Empires and Expansionism

Rav Shimshon R.Hirsch on the Parsha: The human face of Paganism

Tolerance is lauded in the modern West, but it isn’t always a virtue in Judaism.

Rav Shimshon R.Hirsch on the Parsha: The human face of Paganism

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch: Pinchas:G-d wants us to be happy

​​​​​​​The Torah calls for joy and serenity – in this world.  A “suffering servant” is not the Jewish ideal.

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch: Pinchas:G-d wants us to be happy

Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch on the parsha: Surrounded by snakes

​​​​​​​Do we appreciate how often G-d saves us without us even knowing it?

Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch on the parsha: Surrounded by snakes

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch on the parsha: Getting Right to It

The almond tree' symbolizes the spirit of the tribe of Levi. How?

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch on the parsha: Getting Right to It

Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Parsha: Moshe's secret message

There is a surprising reason that Moshe changed the name of one of the spies and not the others.

Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Parsha: Moshe's secret message

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael HIrsch on the parasha: Moshe and Elitism

Today, we see the people who claim to represent democracy looking down with contempt at the masses. That's an anti-Torah way to act.

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael HIrsch on the parasha: Moshe and Elitism

Rabbi Shimshon Refael HIrsch on the parasha: Do we matter?

That depends....

Rabbi Shimshon Refael HIrsch on the parasha: Do we matter?

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch:Should we have a welfare state?

Helping people is wonderful, indeed obligatory., but there are principles involved.

Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch:Should we have a welfare state?