There are lots of articles and books that say "Samson Raphael Hirsch famously wrote 'the catechism of the Jew is his calendar'" - but what is the mareh makom?

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The source appears to be his Collected Writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, in the chapter Tishrei I which starts

The catechism of the Jew consists of his calendar. On the pinions of time which bear us through life, God has inscribed the eternal words of His soul-inspiring doctrine, making days and weeks, months and years the heralds to proclaim His truths.

See here for the full text.

  • He didn't write in English I assume?
    – Double AA
    Oct 4, 2023 at 12:48
  • No in German, in his Gesammelte Schriften (Collected Writings)
    – mbloch
    Oct 4, 2023 at 13:20
  • Can you get the quote in German so we can judge this translation?
    – Double AA
    Oct 4, 2023 at 13:34
  • I started with the German (which I speak) "Der Katechismus des Juden ist sein Kalender", since this was the OP question, which led me to the source I quoted in German, which led me to the translation. I have a number of RSRH books but not this series though
    – mbloch
    Oct 4, 2023 at 14:51
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    @DoubleAA archive.org/details/gesammelteschrif00hirs/page/n17/mode/2up: "Des Juden Katechismus ist sein Kalender."
    – Meir
    Oct 4, 2023 at 17:16

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