February 17, 2022

The BEST: Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”

Moshe Kurtz writes on Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” – “Regardless of the promise of a life waiting on the other side, the pain of bereavement is real and sometimes overpowering. One can know that Rabbinic Judaism unequivocally believes in the immortality of the soul, but it is something else to fully internalize it into one’s psyche. Johnny Cash’s struggle to balance his faith commitments with his despondent emotional state is what makes this work of art both poignant and relatable for all people of faith.”
February 15, 2022

PODCAST: Shubert Spero and “Doing” Philosophy

The TRADITION Podcast recently caught up with R. Shubert Spero, who just published “The Problematic Metaphors of Righteousness,” his 26th essay in our pages. We discussed the wide range of his philosophical interests over his long rabbinic and academic careers, the formative influences on his thought, and the central role Religious Zionism plays in his work.
February 13, 2022

REVIEW: Sarna’s American Jewish History

As the preeminent scholar of American Jewish History Jonathan Sarna’s teaching, writing, and research have expanded the scope of the field. Zev Eleff’s review of two new books helps us gauge how Sarna has helped us understand ourselves and our past.
February 10, 2022

The BEST: Maus

Israeli illustrator Shay Charka explains how Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” liberated Jewish culture by appropriating anti-Semitic stereotypes: “Spiegelman’s most significant contribution to the rehabilitation of the Jewish spirit after millennia of persecution culminating in the Holocaust is specifically through his depictions of Jews as mice.”