This Day in Jewish History 1888: The Man Who Told Jews It Was Okay to Engage With Modern Society Dies

Samson Raphael Hirsch, uncompromising to the end, could reasonably be called the father of modern Orthodoxy.

On December 31, 1888, Samson Raphael Hirsch, the German rabbi who could reasonably be called the father of modern Orthodoxy, died, at the age of 80.