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Horeb: A Philosophy of Jewish Laws and Observances [Hardcover]

by Samson Raphael Hirsch, Isidore Grunfeld
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January 1, 2002 0900689404 978-0900689406 7th
Rabbi Samson Hirschs brilliant exploration of the philosophy underlying the details of practical religious observances. Horeb succeeds in capturing the unifying ideological threads that weave in and out of the 613 commandments of the Bible and constitute the fabric of the Jewish way of life. It is an excellent book both for beginning and advanced students seeking to understand the deeper meaning behind Jewish law and is beautifully translated by the distinguished rabbi and Hirschian scholar, Dayan Dr. I. Grunfeld.

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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Soncino Pr Ltd; 7th edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900689404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900689406
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An important work of Jewish thought January 31, 2005
This great work of Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch Z"ts"l was translated and introduced by Dayan Dr. I. Grunfeld. It is a remarkable comprehensive work of Jewish thought. It is divided into Six Sections. The first iscalled 'Toroth' Fundamental principles relating to mental and spiritual preparation for life'.
The second is Edoth , Symbolic observances representing truths which form the basis of Israel's life.
The third section is 'Mishpatim- Declarations of justice towards human beings. The fourth section is Chukim, Laws of righteousness towards those beings which are subordinate to man; towards earth, plant, animal towards one's own body, mind, spirit and word.
The fifth is ' Mitzvoth. Commandments of Love.'
The sixth is 'Avodah.Divine Service.'
Rabbi Hirsch is a sublime and deep thinker, and this is his major work.
It is highly recommended for all those who would deepen in and be uplifted through Jewish learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Man, A Magnificent Book August 1, 2006
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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was a prolific champion of authentic Judaism in 19th century Germany, and "Horeb" is one of his most significant works. This single-volume edition of "Horeb" includes an English translation and introduction by Dayan Isidor Grunfeld.
Grunfeld's introduction is lengthy and erudite, covering the author, context and content of "Horeb". It has been published separately from "Horeb", and its inclusion in this edition is generous.
"Horeb" is an insightful and original exposition of the Torah's commandments. The explanations of the commandments are developed on the basis of authentic Jewish tradition and scholarship. While Hirsch emphasises that his explanations are not authoritative and that religious duties are not contingent on his explanations (or anyone else's) but on divine authority, his explanations invigorate commitment to the Torah.
"Horeb" is organised into six sections according to Hirsch's classification of the commandments. The chapters within these sections are devoted to different commandments, beginning with biblical sources followed by Hirsch's explanation. The chapters are self-contained; they can be read independently and in any order. This edition includes additional notes, and extensive and helpful indices.
Hirsch writes clearly, gracefully, passionately and powerfully. "Horeb" should inspire the youngest child and the seasoned sage.
I recommend this edition of "Horeb" for anyone interested in Judaism or the rationale for the Torah's commandments according to one of its greatest sages. Readers may be interested in Hirsch's "Nineteen Letters on Judaism" in addition to "Horeb".
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