‘For Rav Hirsch, All Mankind Is Precious To God’: An Interview With Rabbi Dr. Moshe Miller
by Elliot Resnick, Jewish Press
"The Jewish Press: Rav Hirsch advances a number of what some might consider controversial ideas in Nineteen Letters. One of them is his rather liberal view of non-Jews. Can you elaborate?
"Miller: Rav Hirsch very much stressed the humanism of Judaism. For him, the notion that Judaism allows treating non-Jews with a lower standard of ethics is blasphemy. It’s totally anathema to his way of looking at things. And he’s consistent throughout his writings – including those in Hebrew – about the need to treat non-Jews with dignity and respect and, as he writes in Nineteen Letters, to “bear love in our hearts” for them."
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