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The following is from the Editors' Preface to Volume VIII of the Collected Writings of RSRH.</div>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">The universal applicability of Torah to Jewish life-throughout the<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">ages and under any circumstance-is an axiom of our tradition. Torah<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">encompasses every aspect of life, and the entirety of life is under its<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">domain. All of man's knowledge, endeavors and accomplishments can<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">be utilized for Torah and are thereby given eternal value: The timeless<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">supremacy of Torah in the world and the resultant intrinsic worth of all<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">of Creation for Torah defines what Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch called<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">"Torah im Derech Eretz."<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">All of mankind-as God's creations-are to fulfill the basic Divine<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">laws of humanity, the universal laws of justice, decency and morality<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">commonly know as the "Seven Laws of Noach." The Jew must also<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">fulfill these basic laws, but in their fulfillment alone he has failed<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">his calling as a Jew: Only by fulfilling the Torah, in addition to the<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">universal laws of humanity, can the Jew achieve the purpose of his<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">existence. He is not at stark variance with the rest of mankind; he has<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">additional obligations: He becomes the ideal human being
<i>(Mensch)</i></span><span style="font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">
<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">by faithfully abiding by the Torah
<i>(Yisroe[): </i>Throughout his writings,<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">but in particular in the
<i>Horeb, </i>Rav Hirsch characterized this ideal as<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:1.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Mensch-YisroeL" The "Mensch-Yisroel" is the Torah-true Jew who<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">demonstrates what Torah means to the Jew, the ultimate value of its<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">knowledge, its all-encompassing nature, its applicability to all times, its<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">promotion of the highest possible moral standards and its compatibility<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">with life in this world. In essence "Mensch-Yisroel" is synonymous<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">with "Torah im Derech Eretz."<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">These are the principles which are the very roots of the teachings of<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Rav Hirsch, and it is with them that he boldly defended Torah Judaism<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">.against the onslaught of Reform and the challenge of change. And these<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">are the very principles which, more than a century after his passing and<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">after the cataclysmic upheavals in modem Jewish life, have enabled<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Torah life to flourish within modern civilization in an invigorated form<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:7.5pt;font-family:HiddenHorzOCR;mso-hansi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:HiddenHorzOCR">fa</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">r
</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">beyond the immediate confines of the original students and followers<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Hirsch.<o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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