They were contemporaries and similar in many ways.

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    I suppose both were rabbis, but their names differed. Or would you like to know something else in particular? – Kazi bácsi May 21 '20 at 18:33

Hi Yisrael and welcome to Mi Yodeya.

Both Rabbis embraced the notion of 'Torah Im Derech Eretz' and cultivated what has since been coined 'Neo-Orthodoxy'. They also both embarked on a policy of Austritt or 'Withdrawal' leading separatist communities (Rabbi Hirsch's Israelitische Religiongesellschaft (IRG) congregation in Frankfurt and Rabbi Hildersheimer - the Adass Jisroel community in Berlin) in a bid to fight against the emerging Reform movement and non-observant element in the community.

However, it is this area of separatism where they differed. There is a very astute critical analysis here where the author Yisrael Kashkin notes that Rabbi Hirsch's secession was far more comprehensive whereas Rabbi Hildersheimer was willing to work to a degree with the non-observant members of the community.

Indeed this view is supported in a biographical account of Rabbi Hildersheimer here where it states:

What can be said is that Hirsch was the more conservative of the two: He was more of a segregationist, who had no interest in cooperation with his ideological opponents; more of an instrumentalist with regard to secular studies; and by no means sympathetic to the emerging nationalist strain of Zionism.

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