January 31, 2021

PODCAST: Decision-Making in Acute Critical Illness

The most recent issue of TRADITION contains “A Halakhic Framework for Decision-Making in Acute Critical Illness” by Judah Goldberg, which explores the array of complicated medical decision making required in difficult, traumatic circumstances. Rabbis Hershel Schachter and Mordechai Willig penned a “Rabbinic Postscript” which appears as an appendix to the article. Judah Goldberg joins the TRADITION Podcast to discuss his proposal.
January 28, 2021

The BEST: Bowling Alone

Robert Putnam’s well-known “Bowling Alone” is among the most cited works in the writings of Rabbi Sacks. Johnny Solomon explains how the two thinker’s ideas on civil society and social disconnection overlap. 
January 24, 2021

Orthodoxy and the Scholem Moment

The world of Jewish studies is experiencing a “Gershom Scholem Moment” with a slew of books and studies published on the life and legacy of the path-breaking Kabbalah scholar. Zvi Leshem suggests that understanding this phenomenon can help us understand some major trends in contemporary Orthodoxy.
January 21, 2021

The BEST: Language, Truth and Logic

Daniel Rynhold shows how R. Sacks identified collective structures such as religious traditions as that which creates social meanings giving reasons to pursue one course over another. In doing so R. Sacks restores the link between ethics and reason, reading against a classic essay by philosopher A.J. Ayer – This week in “The Rabbi Sacks Bookshelves Project.”