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Just to clarify the terms: we wouldn't be talking about Herzl's Zionist movement, since that was founded only in 1897, nine years after R. Hirsch's passing. The reference would be to the various "proto-Zionist" groups and ideologies of his time. (As YDK noted, a lot of the leaders of those movements were indeed secular Jews, although it is only fair to note ...


Here's (PDF) an interesting essay-length one that was recently forwarded to me.


http://www.shemayisrael.com/publicat/hazon/tzedaka/beliefinone.htm The belief of our people in the Redeeming One inspired other oppressed people to have faith in eventual salvation. For example, Rabbi Hirsch mentions that this faith in eventual salvation gave “hope to the black slave in the plantation” (The Hirsch Haggadah, page 265). Rabbi Hirsch ...


To further Alex's answer: Many forms of proto-Zionism believed that Judaism could only survive with Jews living on their own in their own country; Hirsch fiercely believed that the Jew could live as a good citizen but a foreigner. Hirsch was opposed to most forms of collaboration with non-observant Jews. The teachers of secular studies in his educational ...


http://www.hhjudaica.com/rabbi-samson-raphael-hirsch.html I. Grunfeld, Three Generations: The Influence of Samson Raphael Hirsch on Jewish Life and Thought (1958) J. L. Blau, Modern Varieties of Judaism (1966).




Hirsch Chumash - typographically and linguistically, the Feldheim is more legible than the Judaica Press. It was newly translated (the JP version was translated a while ago), so it will make for an easier read than the older version. Nineteen Letters - can be found here for pay (good print) and here for free (older translation, older print; still legible ...

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