David Shatz offers an assessment of the significance of Mark Smilowitz’s recent essay, “The Lonely Man of Faith as Halakhic Philosophy” (Spring 2023), now open-access. Shatz says it aids our understanding of the surprising relationship between “Lonely Man” and “Halakhic Mind”—two works, written two decades apart, that initially appear distant, even contradictory, in both method and content.
With the imminent arrival of our next issue (full of special content in advance of the Yom Kippur War 50 Years After), TRADITION's Winter 2023 volume has been made fully open access. This issue of our journal of Orthodox Jewish thought features a number of items that have been dominating conversation this season: essays on the origin and impact of the Talmud page layout, Jewish responsibility to strengthen democratic society and norms, questions about above-ground burial, a bundle of important book reviews, and more.
Yakov Yellin’s new book is ambitious because composing a code of business conduct is a challenging task no matter what particular value system stands behind it. He aims for an even larger goal because the topic of codes of conduct for Torah organizations is one that is little studied. As the Chief Compliance Officer for The Walt Disney Corporation, Yellin combined his experience and Torah scholarship to offer an important first step in a needed genre of Jewish business ethics, says Asher Meir in his review.