November 30, 2021

PODCAST: In Praise of Peshara

In “In Praise of Peshara,” R. Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg zt”l, outlines the many practical advantages of deciding Beit Din cases according to principles of equity or compromise, and not simply according to strict halakha (din). This essay is an excellent introduction to understand R. Zalman Nechemiah’s halakhic thought and offers insight to the mind of one of our generation’s most significant halakhists. In this episode of the TRADITION Podcast R. Yona Reiss and R. Daniel Z. Feldman discuss the article, unpack its ideas, and enable greater understanding of the issues.
November 28, 2021

Putting God at the Center: The Life of R. Gedalia Dov Schwartz 

R. Gedalia Dov Schwartz zt"l, late Av Beit Din of the Beit Din of America, and a mentor to the American rabbinate at large, led a God-centered life and inspired us to strive for one as well. Hanan Balk shares memories of R. Schwartz on his first yahrzeit, observed today.
November 25, 2021

The BEST: Alice’s Restaurant

This post is about Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice's Restaurant,” and it's about Arlo, and the Restaurant, but "Alice's Restaurant" is not about a restaurant. Instead, Rina Chaya Shamilov connects the Thanksgiving folk music classic to the Pesach story, charts a journey through its music, and questions finding a method for confronting injustice without anger. This Thanksgiving in “The BEST.”
November 23, 2021

Go, Go, Go Joseph

How Colorful Was Joseph’s Coat? Though many assume Jacob's gift to Joseph was “a coat of many colors,” a study of classical commentators and midrashic traditions reveals a spectrum of alternative interpretations. Analyzing these offers deeper insight into why it upset Joseph’s brothers to such a degree that they would plot to kill him! Sarah Rudolph explores...