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Among the papers presented at the recent Tradition Today Summit was a fascinating item co-authored by Avital Chizik-Goldschmidt and Chaim Saiman, “Material Success and the Rise of ‘Modern, Orthodoxy’” – in which a lot rides on the title’s enigmatic comma. In this episode of our podcast, Jeffrey Saks chats with Saiman about the paper, and the unique and curious ways in which the markers of Orthodoxy’s material aspirations each respond to the halakhic requirements and religious aspirations of persons who live fully within Orthodoxy and who are invested in its continuity.
In this week’s Tradition Questions, Chaim Strauchler considers a failed addition to the modern kosher diet. Looking at the locust as a case study, he asks why do some new foods make it and others do not.
Akiva Sternberg has amassed a collection of halakhic responsa documenting the challenges to religious life in 19th and early 20th century America. In reviewing the Hebrew volume, Menachem Keren-Kratz calls it “an important book to any scholar interested in the history of halakha, and particularly to scholars interested in the history of Orthodox Judaism in America.”