The 19 Letters of Samson Raphael Hirsch

HUMA 2850

Due: March 9th 2004

In 1836, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch wrote and published the “nineteen letters”. The aim of this book was to justify and give reasoning for the continued observance of traditional Judaism as outlined by the Torah. Rabbi Hirsch believed that this type of book was well overdue at the time it was published, as a response to the existing trends within the community, society in general and in politics. This essay will focus on these trends as they reflect on Jews and Judaism in the world today.

Hirsch, originally from Hamburg, was born during an affluent period in Germany. Reform Judaism was on the rise. His family was