Alex Ozar writes on Danielle S. Allen’s “Talking to Strangers”: Each of us can, and so must, contribute to our country’s fund of goodwill and mutuality. We do this not through professing the right views, and not through politeness around charged topics, but through talking to strangers, which for Allen means leaving our comfort zones to form actual relationships of cooperation and accountability with those we’d prefer stay at a distance.
The Song of the Well (Numbers 21:17-18) is nestled between Israel’s journey around Moab and the defeat of the Amorite kings, Sihon and Og. This highly compact song appears between two other brief enigmatic poems, adding to its mysterious air. Geula Twersky unravels its riddles…
TRADITION’s Winter 2022 issue has just gone open-access: Read Beverly Gribetz’s review of historical scholarship on women's education – and see how she unpacks its meaning for today; Yonatan Feintuch on the unity of halakha and aggada; Menahem Keren-Kratz does a deep dive into journalistic archives to uncover the “Haredization” of American Orthodoxy in the early 20th century – and much more.
Writing about A.B. Yehoshua’s 1990 experimental, historical novel “Mr. Mani,” Jeffrey Saks considers how the Hebrew author raised questions about how the Jewish past reverberates throughout the generations. Saks also discusses his unlikely friendship with Yehoshua, and what the author, who passed away last week at age 85, taught him about Jewish life and Zionism.