Weekly Freebies: Responsa of R. Hildesheimer

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R. Esriel Hildesheimer (Wikipedia bio) was a founding figure in Modern Orthodoxy. He established what became known as the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin, a yeshiva that advocated academic Jewish scholarship within the confines of Orthodox Jewish beliefs. A formidable rabbinic scholar, his Talmudic commentaries were published only approximately twenty years ago with, perhaps surprisingly and perhaps not, a glowing approbation from R. Elazar Schach. HebrewBooks houses the 1969 and 1976 editions of R. Hildesheimer’s responsa: vol. 1 (Orach Chaim/Yoreh Deah) – link, vol. 2 (Choshen Mishpat/Even HaEzer): link.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. Hi,

    Nice website.
    What makes R’ E. Hildesheiner “Modern Orthodox”?


  2. He called himself Neo-Orthodox and advocated the academic study of Judaism.

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