Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was born in Hamburg in 1808. He was highly influential in the development of orthodox Judaism’s ‘Neo-Orthodoxy’. He served in the congregations in Oldenburg, Emden, and Nikolsburg (Mikulov), before accepting a call as rabbi of an Orthodox separatist group in Frankfurt am Main in 1851. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch died in Frankfurt in 1888.
Hermann (Chaim Aaron ben David) Struck was born in 1876 in Germany. He is best known as a master etcher, lithographer and early Zionist. He studied for five years at the Berlin Academy and in 1908 wrote "Die Kunst des Radierens" (The Art of Etching), while mentoring artists such as Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann and Lesser Ury. His art was included in an exhibition at the Fifth Zionist Congress and he helped establish the religious Zionist movement called Mizrachi. Struck was an Orthodox Jew but believed that culture and religion could thrive cooperatively in the Land of Israel. He emigrated to Haifa where he created an artistic community and participated in the development of the Tel Aviv Museum and the Bezalel art school in Jerusalem. Hermann Struck died in 1944.
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Struck, Hermann: Portrait of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888), Leo Baeck Institute, 78.266.