Today (January 29) marks the 120th birthday of Yeshayahu Leibowitz -- one of the most iconoclastic and controversial Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. Read works from the pages of TRADITION penned by Leibowitz and about him which remind us that he remains a compelling, original voice for those attempting to understand Jewish life, philosophy, and polity in Israel during the better part of the twentieth century.
The mass of Israelis trekking to Uman for Rosh Hashana includes secularists, National Religious types, Sefardim, Haredim, and Hasidim of nearly every variety. In his interesting book, Dr. Moshe Weinstock analyzes this phenomenon and provides important insight to help understand how the pilgrimage is a reflection of trends in Israeli society. Yitzchak Blau poses questions about it in this week’s Alt+SHIFT.
Michael J. Harris joins the TRADITION Podcast to discuss his recently published essay, “Resultant Moral Luck and Jewish Tradition,” asking if we should judge people by their intentions, for good or for ill, or by the results of those intentions? He discusses the many significant sources within rabbinic literature that can be brought to bear on this important topic in Moral Philosophy.
Surveying a recent issue of the Hebrew periodical “Deot,” Yitzchak Blau continues to “translate” contemporary Hebrew commentary on communal concerns in our Alt+SHIFT series. In this installment he looks at writers who question the effectiveness of merging conservative cultural thought and Religious Zionism.