Todd Berman’s recent article, reviewing Eliezer Berkovits' 1964 essay in the pages of TRADITION, occasioned a return to days gone by for our longtime editorial board member, Lawrence Kobrin. Berman examines Berkovits’ harsh critique of A.J. Heschel’s “Theology of Pathos” and Kobrin fills us in on the spirit of the time, six decades ago, helping us understand the unusual set of editor’s notes which accompanied the original essay.
As we mark the second yahrzeit of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l, celebrate his legacy by revisiting some of the special content TRADITION has produced exploring his thought, and read some of R. Sacks’ own contributions to our pages.
As we prepare to read the twinned stories of the banishment of Ishmael and the binding of Isaac we revisit this installment from our The BEST series, in which our editor Jeffrey Saks offered a reading of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Gilead." In this work about fathers and sons, and our Father in heaven and His children, Robinson (a devout Christian) puts into the mouth of her protagonist an extended homily on the Patriarch Abraham and his sons.
Genesis 18—read this Shabbat—presents Abraham and Sarah’s welcoming angelic strangers into their home who bear the sweet prophecy that the couple will finally have a child together. It is as if their reward for their generous hospitality is this news; to say it slightly differently, perhaps the appearance of the strangers was a test. But why are angels dispatched to deliver to Abraham and Sarah “news” which is not news at all, and which was in fact the central focus of the previous chapter? Eitan Mayer offers answers…