Although I have seen paragraphs here and there in various books explaining the torah hashkafa on specific values (i.e. Rav Kook, Rav Illowy, Lord Sacks on slavery), I have yet to seen a book that holistically describes what the torah approach is to modern-day western values. For example, do we try at all to reconcile Torah with our modern day moral conscience, or are we supposed to derive all our values organically from the Torah and let the chips fall where they may.

  • he.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Joel K
    Jul 7, 2020 at 11:55
  • R' S.R. Hirsch's Nineteen Letters
    – simyou
    Jul 7, 2020 at 12:19
  • So far the answers are Rav Hirsch and Postmodernism. Did any East European/charedi rabbonim write anything about this subject (perhaps someone like R Dessler?)
    – J G
    Jul 9, 2020 at 4:54

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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and his teachings seems to have had what to say about this.

Also, check out Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer and the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy


If you can read Hebrew - "Two wagons and a balloon - Judaism and post-modernism" By Rabbi Michael Avraham.

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  • The question didn't ask about post-modernism....
    – Double AA
    Jul 8, 2020 at 11:27
  • @DoubleAA It did ask about modern day philosophy and humanism Jul 8, 2020 at 13:42
  • Humanism isn't postmodernism
    – Double AA
    Jul 8, 2020 at 14:06
  • Modern day western values
    – kouty
    Jul 8, 2020 at 18:39
  • @DoubleAA Is your sentence works the other way around as well? Jul 8, 2020 at 19:03

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