May 16, 2024

TRADITION Questions: Anti-Romcom and Antisemitism

The current dramatic rise in antisemitism raises questions about the nature of the phenomenon. Examining claims that it is not a typical hatred but a conspiracy theory, TRADITION’s associate editor Chaim Strauchler uses the idea of an anti-story to connect the Jewish story and its opposite.
May 14, 2024

The Rav on Jewish Sovereignty 1948

As we observe Yom HaAtzmaut TRADITION is proud to release this open-access version of R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s “Jewish Sovereignty and the Redemption of the Shekhina” – a manuscript originally prepared in Yiddish and delivered by the Rav at the 1948 Mizrachi Convention, just weeks after the establishment of the State of Israel.
May 13, 2024

Another Day in Gaza

From “War and Destruction” to “Pain Not Even Satan Could Create,” Israeli popular music reflects changing moods toward the current war. What began with self-assurance about the IDF’s strength and inevitable victory has drifted to address the fear, pain, and loss that accompany any war, certainly this one. As we approach Yom HaZikaron, Yoel Finkelman shows how Israeli music calls upon us to live up to the memory of our friends, neighbors, and family who will not return.
May 9, 2024

Unpacking the Iggerot: Power and Parameters of Human Dignity

Does halakha care about our feelings? This might be one of those instances where it actually depends on the context. In the fourth installment of “Unpacking the Iggerot,” Moshe Kurtz investigates to what extent kavod ha-beriyot, human dignity, plays a role in R. Moshe Feinstein’s halakhic decision-making.
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