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  Torah im Derech Eretz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Torah im Derech Eretz (Hebrew תורה עם דרך ארץ - Torah with "the way of the land") is a philosophy of Orthodox Judaism articulated by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888), which formalizes a relationship between traditionally observant Judaism and the modern world.
Torah im Derech Eretz remains influential as a philosophy in Orthodox Judaism.
Torah Umadda aims at "synthesizing" Torah learning and secular knowledge, and thus "the study of worldly wisdom is not a concession to economic necessity: it is de jure, not de facto." This mode of Modern Orthodoxy has come to be known as "Centrist" Orthodoxy.
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 Modern Orthodox Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hirsch’s Torah im Derech Eretz (תורה עם דרך ארץ – “Torah with the way of the Land”) is a philosophy of Orthodox Judaism which formalises a relationship between halakhically observant Judaism and the modern world.
Torah Umadda entails a philosophy concerning the interrelationship between the secular world and Judaism, and in particular between secular knowledge and Jewish knowledge.
As regards the relative emphasis of Torah versus secular: the two are distinct in that in the Hirschian view, the acquisition of secular culture and knowledge is, to some extent, functional [14], whereas here, "the study of worldly wisdom is not a concession to economic necessity, it is de jure not de facto" [15].
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Modern_Orthodox_Judaism   (3909 words)

 Samson Raphael Hirsch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (June 20, 1808 – December 31, 1888) was the intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism.
His father, though a merchant, devoted much of his time to Torah studies; his grandfather, Mendel Frankfurter, was the founder of the Talmud Torah in Hamburg and unsalaried assistant rabbi of the neighboring congregation of Altona; and his granduncle, Löb Frankfurter, was the author of several Hebrew works, including Harechasim le-Bik'ah, a Torah commentary.
Most of this work is contained in his Torah commentary, where he analyses and compares the shorashim (three-letter root forms) of a large number of Hebrew words and develops an etymological system of the Hebrew language.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Samson_Raphael_Hirsch   (1932 words)

 Torah Umadda - Psychology Central
Torah Umadda (Hebrew: תורה ומדע;, "Torah and secular knowledge") is a philosophy of Modern Orthodox Judaism, concerning the interrelationship between the secular world and Judaism, and in particular between secular knowledge and Jewish knowledge.
Despite the simultaneous acceptance of both Torah and secular knowledge and culture, the philosophy demands "unquestioned allegiance to the primacy of Torah, and that the apprehension of all other intellectual disciplines must be rooted and viewed through the prism of Torah" [4].
Critics of Torah Umadda – particularly within the Haredi camp - see the complementarity of Torah and secular knowledge proposed by the philosophy, as suggesting that the Torah is not of itself whole or complete; in their view, Torah Umadda is thus premised on a flawed appreciation of Torah.
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Eretz Yisroel is the Land of the Torah.
In a Torah state, all areas of endeavor, all of derech eretz, must be model applications of the overall mission of Am Yisroel to specific activities.
The Torah was to be neither the constitution nor the law of the nascent Jewish state, but the "religion" of the Orthodox minority within the state.
www.aishdas.org /rygb/drbreuer.htm   (6532 words)

 Torah im Derech Eretz - TheBestLinks.com - Germany, 1999, 1996, 1994, ...
Torah im Derech Eretz is the name of the philosophy of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888).
Although Derech Eretz has a wide wide range of meanings in Rabbinic literature, in the context of this Mishnaic statement, made sometime before 200 CE, it means a wordly involvement, i.e.
Torah im Derech Eretz was the motto of the school founded in Emden, Northwest Germany, by Rabbi Samson Rapahel Hirsch.
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 Maharal - Chapter 2: Mishna 2 Part 1 - Torah.org
The language of this Mishna is problematic, for it should have said "Beautiful is Torah when derech eretz accompanies it," implying that Torah is the foundation, and the derech eretz is the accompaniment.
Fist he should learn derech eretz, which is not a spiritual endeavor, and then move on towards the Torah which is spiritual.
When man is complete in both derech eretz and Torah then he is complete in all aspects of his existence, with no lack or deficiency, and through this he is distanced from sin, which is deficiency.
www.torah.org /learning/maharal/p2m2part1.html   (1095 words)

 Neoorthodoxy Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Orthodox Judaism's central belief is that the Torah, including both the Written Law and the Oral Law, was given directly from God to Moses and can never be altered or rejected in any way.
It is characterized by its focus on community wide Torah study (in contrast with Modern Orthodoxy, which decentralizes the role of Torah study for lay people).
In light of modern scholarship, they denied divine authorship of the Torah, declared only those biblical laws concerning ethics to be binding, and stated that the rest of halakha (Jewish law) need no longer be viewed as normative (see Reform Judaism).
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 Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei - Rabbi Pinchas Frankel
Torah im Derech Eretz was also somewhat suspect in the eyes of the Hirsch family.
They were primarily to be undertaken as a means of augmenting one's understanding of the Torah, to enable one to function within the world and to provide one with the means of earning a living.
"Torah im Derech Eretz" was discussed by Rav Yoseph Breuer in a 1954 essay in the
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 Avodah V5 #94   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Hirschian principle of Torah im derech eretz, which seems to encourage early entry into commerce or the professions, is seen as horaat sha'ah, a temporary decision intended to meet special circumstances.
An intensive education in both Torah and secular studies would enable young people to succeed in their chosen occupation and become independent financially, while at the same time maintain the highest standards of halakhic behavior and a regular schedule of Torah study.
On the verse "In her love [of Torah] you shall be ravished always" (Proverbs 5:19), Rashi comments, "For the love [of Torah] you shall make yourself absent-minded and foolish, forsaking your own affairs and running to [hear] a word of halacha" (Eiruvin 54b).
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 Divrei Torah Parshas Shlach L'Cha
When the Mishna in Avos states Yafeh Talmud Torah Im Derech Eretz (the study of Torah goes well with earning a livelihood), we must keep in mind that the loftier part is the Torah, of course.
Derech Eretz is secondary to the Torah, not vice-versa.
But the way a working person relates to Torah and Derech Eretz reveals whether he is thinking/acting like a businessman or a trader.
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 Torah and Religious Zionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In fact, modern Torah society is very pluralistic and in addition to the large number of different sects of Chassidim and Mitnagdim, great Torah teachers of the present era have established their own schools of followers who form clearly identifiable groups.
In a particular area where most of the Torah derives from a particular Rabbi and his disciples, and the disciples' disciples, it is correct practice to follow their Rabbi even in a matter in which the majority (of authorities) hold a different opinion.
As a reviewer of new Torah books he was in a class on his own, and, for a period of several decades, he summarized tersely and succinctly the significance of each new Torah sefer to appear.
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 Rabbi Joseph Breuer
The definition of derech eretz is as broad and varied as human experience, and wherever it applies, derech eretz must be subservient to Torah.
This is the philosophy of Torah Im Derech Eretz.
Some of Germany's leading gedolei Torah and lay Orthodox leaders accepted this proposal, holding that a person should be permitted to maintain membership in both communities, providing there was no infringement on his religious practice and he was not required to contribute toward the cultural institutions of the Reform movement.
www.tzemachdovid.org /gedolim/jo/tworld/rbreuer.html   (5525 words)

 Torah im Derech Eretz and Torah Umada - Hashkafah.com
He attributes the decline of Torah im Derekh Eretz partly to people's disgust with Germans and German culture after the Holocaust.
I think that they are similar (we're explaing the Derech Eretz as "secular knowledge" here, which may or may not be the correct explanation) being that they both acknowledge the *place* of secular knowledge in ones life, but differ in the hows and whys and wheres.
The yeshivish (Torah im nothing?) world also knows that there is chochmah bagoyim, but they feel that nowadays society is so ich that it's better to just stay away.
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On the other hand, he cautioned as to the danger of scientific knowledge leading one away from God; further, his schools, unlike others in Germany at the time, taught modern (business) languages as opposed to classical languages.
In his commentary to Leviticus 18:5, Hirsch clearly delineates the relationship of secular knowledge and Torah, where Torah is “ikkar” (עיקר), the essential, while secular knowledge is “tefel” (טפל), secondary or supplementary to Torah.
Torah im Derech Eretz is the basic idea that shapes the curriculum of the Bais Yaakov school system today.
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 Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight - NEWS - Senior Officials of Upper Beitar
One of this year's highlights was the symposium held on the last evening of the three-day event on "The Derech of the Great Yeshivos, Chassidus and Torah im Derech Eretz.
Torah im derech eretz turns the whole world into a vehicle for avodas Hashem by using or avoiding it.
Everything has to be measured by the view of the Torah and there is nothing else what counts.
chareidi.shemayisrael.com /archives5759/vaera/amsterdam.htm   (391 words)

 ArtScroll: Rabbi Shimon Schwab
The gaon Rabbi Shimon Schwab was a preeminent rav in the great tradition of Torah im derech eretz: Rav, talmid chacham, posek, thinker, orator, and guide to multitudes in his six decades as a leader and teacher.
He was called to serve the German kehillah in Baltimore during an era when rabbis in America were expected to accommodate themselves to the times, but he did the opposite.
He forced the times to accommodate themselves to the Torah -- and became a heroic figure in the American rabbinate.
www.jewishbook.us /ArtScroll-Rabbi-Shimon-Schwab.html   (572 words)

 The world's top samson raphael hirsch websites   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Hirsch organized the Bürger- und Realschule, in which thorough Jewish and secular training went hand in hand (Torah im Derech Eretz); he founded and edited the monthly Jeschurun (1855-70; new series, 1882 et seq); most of the pages of the Jeschurun were filled by himself.
His motto "Torah im Derech Eretz" reflects his stance against the reformist slogan that Judaism was to be relegated to the private sphere.
Hirsch is the main instigator of the Torah im Derech Eretz movement.
www.websbiggest.com /wiki-article-tab.cfm/samson_raphael_hirsch   (1586 words)

 Articles - Haskalah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The term is sometimes used to describe modern critical study of Jewish religious books, such as the Mishnah and Talmud, when used to differentiate these modern modes of study from the older methods used by Orthodox Jews.
All these approaches deviate from the authentic traditional Torah study that had been practiced before the advent of the haskalah and is practiced by Orthodox Jews.
As long as the Jews lived in segregated communities, and as long as all avenues of social intercourse with their gentile neighbors were closed to them, the rabbi was the most influential member of the Jewish community.
www.voiprealfan.com /articles/Haskalah   (864 words)

 Orthodox Judaism - LearnThis.Info Enclyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A larger segment of the Orthodox population (notably represented by Agudat Yisrael) disagreed, and took a stricter approach.
Within orthodoxy, the various groups maintain significant social differences, and differences in understanding halakha due to their varying attitudes concerning (a) the role of women in Judaism, (b) relations with non-Orthodox Jews, (c) attitudes toward modern culture and modern scholarship, and (d) how to relate to the State of Israel and Zionism.
According to Orthodox Judaism, Jewish Law today is based on the commandments in the Torah, as viewed through the discussions and debates contained in the classical Rabbinic literature, especially the Mishnah and the Talmud.
encyclopedia.learnthis.info /o/or/orthodox_judaism.html   (2067 words)

 Shimon Schwab -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Shimon completed the Realschule, the local school that combined religious studies and general subjects in conformation with the Torah im Derech Eretz ideology propagated by Rabbi Hirsch.
After the Realschule he was a full time student for a number of years in the Torah Lehranstalt, the local yeshiva founded by Rabbi Breuer.
During the 1960s, however, it became apparent to him that the continued emphasis on religious studies and downplay of secular education would be harmful to the community as a whole.
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