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

This week we see two aspects of the jewish faith that are key in transmitting and presenting Judaism in a relevant interesting way to the next generation.

This week Rav Hirsch gives us access to one of the most powerful but at the same time easily accessible Jewish symbols Tzitzit, at the same time elaborating the deep background that enriches it.

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.

April 21, 2020

Tazria - Systemic Sexism?

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 we ask what is it with the cloths? why are they morally significant both for the Priest & the people. We then take on one item and show how with a deep appreciation for symbolism the profound message of growth and meaning come forth.

In this week's discussion, we take the decalogue the 10 commandments something that's often looked at as separate ideas, But we show with the lens of repairs how it represents, symbolises a unified inseparable whole. 

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Mummification?

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.

 

 

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