The brilliance of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Torah commentary is now available in brief, accessible essays, conveniently organized around the weekly Torah portion, the Torah readings for each festival, and other special Torah readings. All of R. Hirsch’s depth, understanding of human nature and relationships, and inspired analysis of the Hebrew language shine from every page. This volume is an essential resource, whether you are looking for an idea about the weekly parasha or a topic to discuss at the table on Shabbat or Yom Tov.
Those interested in the Hebrew words that underlie each essay will especially enjoy R. Hirsch’s analysis of the keywords from the Torah verses discussed. This is in keeping with R. Hirsch’s conviction that learning Torah cannot be separated from an understanding of the words of Torah. These grammatical explanations are found in the shaded area of the text.
The essays in this volume are drawn from Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Torah commentary and other writings. The topics were carefully selected by Rabbi Matityahu Clark, a longtime devotee of R. Hirsch and author of The Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew, a comprehensive guide to the roots of Hebrew words in Tanach based entirely on the methodology of R. Hirsch.
Rooted in Torah
Rabbi Matityahu Clark, a lifelong educator, served in principal director positions in Montreal, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Washington. He is one of the founders of the Educational Council of America and former president of the Council for Jewish Education. In 1988 Rabbi Clark retired from his position as Director of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington and made aliyah (emigrated to Israel). He resides in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Clark’s interest in the work of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was sparked by his father, who studied in Frankfurt in the early 1900s at the behest of his father, the Dayan of Kovno.