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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 ...


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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 ...


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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).



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