UNIQUE AND PROFOUND: THE HIRSCHIAN WORLD OF BIBLICAL SYMBOLISM
Special podcast - appearing on Judaism Reclaimed Rabbi S Phillips
this week we delve into the world of meaning & Mitzvot and how Rav Hirsch brings it out with symbolism.
We elaborate on how this method is both personally relevant as well as true to our human nature.
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This week Rav Hirsch shows how a scientific theory can be highjacked. Already in his time in the case of Karl Marx with economics or with Herbert Spencer with society, and this all being an eco of an old pagan god Baal Peor
In this weeks podcast we will approach two points
1. The Torah commandment to tear our garments when encountering death and the danger of falling in to practices of death worship
2. The special relevance that this commandment holds to the Cohen (priest) and his responsibilitie, as well as how it reflects on us. From these two seemingly peripheral concepts Rav Hirsch draws out for us fundamental goals and methods of Judaism as a whole.
Acharei Mot - The Drama of growth ancient & modern
Something very disconnected both practically and religiously form our daily lives. The Chen Godol (Hight Priest) and the changing of his clothes we see being reduced and encapsulated into a system that speaks to us today.
This week we dive into a perplexing issue at the start of this week's Parasha
The imbalance between the sexes? in an understand this Rav Hirsch develops key terms & concepts, and we walk away with an enriched understanding of a divisive topic IMPURITY
this week disentangle the concept of trust in God, what do we mean? we also show how the two aspects of the symbol of Shabbos play out this priciple.
Why is it so vital the Torah calls to our attention Moses and he very humanness. and how does this give us beautiful parallel to the Prayer Book (Siddur)
in this weeks discussion we take two of the most fuggy terms in religion faith & God what do we mean by these two terms? and why is it so central to know this in a modern context.
We return with a seemingly unimportant side point in the biblical narrative. But with a sensitivity to the symbolic significance and underlying philosophic roots of Judaism, we can come away with a relevant and profound appreciation of the Jewish outlook.
In this weeks Parasha we get a dark side of a family but even there we can see the rooted positive message to us to day