December 13, 2022

RESPONSE: Considering “God, Man and History”

Todd Berman’s recent TRADITION essay defending Abraham J. Heschel from a 1964 critique penned in our pages by Eliezer Berkovits has helped to revive a six-decade old debate, no less relevant (or controversial) to today’s Jewish thought than it was back then. David Curwin and Rafi Eis push back on some aspects of Berman’s reading of Berkovits. The author will be afforded the right of reply in a few days. 
December 11, 2022

Down the Berkovits-Heschel Rabbit Hole

TRADITION’s most recent issue featured a lengthy essay by Todd Berman exploring a nearly 6-decade-old critique launched by R. Eliezer Berkovits on Dr. Abraham J. Heschel’s “Theology of Pathos.” In brief, the debate centered on Heschel’s contention that God experiences emotion after a fashion. Berkovits’ essay aroused debate among our editorial board, and Berman’s essay has evoked similar sharp differences of opinion among our readers. In advance of an exchange of letters between critics and the author, TRADITION’s editor has done a deep-dive of our archives to helped to resurface some interesting related content and context.
December 8, 2022

Sources & Resources

TRADITION’s “Sources & Resources” column, under the editorship of Yitzchak Blau, has become a regular feature of our journal over the last number of years, and reflects the broader range of Torah study taking place in yeshivot and midrashot, and in our schools and synagogues. Visit the growing library of “Sources & Resources” which are now archived for your easy access. 
December 5, 2022

REVIEW: The Great Z’manim Debate

A new book tackles complicated topics in halakhic astronomy, targeting laypeople who are familiar with the traditional rabbinic sources but who lack a background in the science. In attempting to clarify the many positions for calculating tzet ha-kokhavim, so important for many religious observances, the author (with a distinguished Haredi pedigree) demonstrates his willingness to embrace scientific inquiry and worldly wisdom in the service of halakhic observance. Tom Rosenfeld reviews “The Great Z’manim Debate.”