A new Guide to the “Guide of the Perplexed” offers much to students of Rambam’s enduring classic – and is a cause to reconsider why each generation’s perplexed keep returning to that 12th-century text. Daniel Korobkin review’s Ben Zion Katz’s new “Student’s Companion to The Guide of the Perplexed.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” is an enduring and eloquent examination of that most American of virtues: individualism. Since the essential human being is the private self, how do we square the essay's teachings with a religious life of community and contribution to the other? Jeffrey Saks re-reads “Self-Reliance,” with its echoes in the Rav and the Reb, in this week’s The BEST.