May 15, 2022

Abortion Revisited

The possibility that the Roe v. Wade ruling will be overturned by the Supreme Court is polarizing. In TRADITION’s special issue exploring the thought of R. Lichtenstein, Alan Jotkowitz analyzed R. Lichtenstein’s nuanced teachings on abortion, highlighting his balanced approach to this painfully divisive subject. 
May 12, 2022

The BEST: Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations 

In this Omer season, as we read each Shabbat from Avot, Ephraim Fruchter sees parallels in Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” and draws our attention to the benefits of reading this classic ethical text opposite the musar tradition.
May 9, 2022

New and Noteworthy Books

Our seasonal roundup of noteworthy new titles in Jewish studies and learning, with offerings on Rav Kook; halakha, responsa, and history; Torah from heaven and revelation reexamined; and more…
May 5, 2022

The BEST: A Letter Concerning Toleration

For Yom HaAtzmaut, TraditionOnline’s The BEST shares Rafi Eis’ application of John Locke’s “A Letter Concerning Toleration” to a dispute between Rabbis Sacks and Riskin concerning the separation of religion and state: When “religion enters politics, it becomes a divisive, not a uniting, force. If it seeks power, it will forfeit influence” vs. “Without power, how can the chosen people protect the powerless against their exploiters?”