About this Text
Written by Samson Raphael Hirsch in 1836 under the pseudonym “Ben Uziel”, Nineteen Letters is a defense of Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Hirsch wrote Nineteen Letters in German while he was Rabbi of Oldenburg. In this work, written in the form of a fictional correspondence between a young rabbi / philosopher and a youthful intellectual, he confronts the challenges that emancipation created for modern Jews.
Author: Samson Raphael Hirsch
Composed: Oldenburg, Germany, 1836 CE