An Antescript to Rabbi Feldman

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7 Responses

  1. Baruch Dov says:

    Wow, sounds prophetic, as though Rav Hirsch was shown large segments of charedi Judaism today and was asked for his observations.

  2. mb says:

    “Baruch Dov
    December 25, 2012 at 8:56 am
    Wow, sounds prophetic, as though Rav Hirsch was shown large segments of charedi Judaism today and was asked for his observations.”

    Indeed. He also said this about them.
    “They are the party that has inherited uncomprehended Judaism as a mechanical habit, without its spirit. They bear it in their hands as a sacred relic, as a revered mummy. And fear to awaken its spirit”
    19 Letters.

  3. YM says:

    I read Rabbi Ilan’s piece with great interest, and agree with him, to an extent. Authentic Torah Judaism requires each individual to have a Rav. With a Rav, and decent self-understanding, one can be guided to discovering his/her individual mission, and make good decisions about how to conduct ones life accordingly.

  4. Raymond says:

    I wonder if one solution to this problem is to follow the model of the United States, at least the way it was before political correctness took hold of this nation and ruined it. What I mean is, that at the core of what makes the United States so very special, is its combination of the Judeo-Christian ethic, individual freedom, free market capitalism…and then added to this mix like spices to enhance this recipe, are the notable ways in which each ethnic group has excelled in their own ways, one mundane example of which is said to be French/Italian cooking. Perhaps in a similar way, our Jewish people have our strong Torah values of ethical monotheism and its attendant Jewish law, but what we can add to that strong core, are the spices of life, the best of what the gentile/secular world has to offer, such as at least some aspects of Ancient Greek philosophy, the literary works of Shakespeare/Dickens, the music of Bach/Mozart/Beethoven, the science laid down by Isaac Newton, and so on. Like spices added to food, these things can serve to help bring out some of the most provocative ways of applying Torah values to everyday life.

  5. MK says:

    According to my edition The Collected Writings, the selected passage is from Volume II, Kislev IV.

    [YA – Thanks! We made the change on your say-so.]

  6. Bob Miller says:

    In your opinion, what factors have led The US away from the special model you described above, into the moral free-fall now apparent? Were these factors built-in from the start?

  7. Raymond says:

    Bob Miller, good question. I wish I knew the answer to that. My understanding, though, is that the beginning of the end of this nation on a political level began a century ago with Teddy Roosevelt, with his war against successful businesses. Once the Democrats got hold of his so-called progressivism, things became exponentially worse, through Presidents such as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and of course our current Administration. Franklin Roosevelt, for example, had actual Communists serving in his Cabinet. I think that having mandatory public school education has been the biggest contributor of all to our national downfall. But as to how things specifically became that way in the first place, I seem to recall that certain American intellectuals were strongly influenced by 19th century German philosophy. Think of Hegel and Marx, and how much damage their ideas have done to this world. Now, call me an idealist if you must, but I do think that the more solid one’s knowledge is of our Torah, the less prone any given individual is, to falling for such destructive ideas. So what might have happened, is that the Puritan influence on this country has simply faded with time, opening up the door for variations of socialism and Marxism. A similar thing happened in England, with the death of Queen Victoria.

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