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.
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.
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?”