November 9, 2023

Alt+SHIFT: R. Kalmanzon’s Quiet Heroism

The family of R. Benny Kalmanzon, Rosh Yeshiva at Otniel, has known far too much loss, tragedy, and suffering—in the years leading up to this war and especially in the past month. After his son was killed in battle on Simhat Torah, R. Benny spoke with Makor Rishon, and what he says from within his mourning is noteworthy, impressive, and instructive. Yitzchak Blau shares what he learned from R. Benny’s quiet, heroic response.  
November 7, 2023

Hamas, Divine Justice, and the Immortality of Israel

In the aftermath of the 5784 Simhat Torah pogrom, a religious thinker cannot help but ask “Where was God?” Aton Holzer outlines the problem, rejects popular approaches, and demonstrates that ancient Jewish sources validate and even encourage the question. A second, related matter: How can we be assured that our own religious tradition never could perpetrate what radical Islam has wrought upon us?
November 5, 2023

PODCAST: Shalom Rosenberg’s Narrow Bridge of Faith

Shalom Rosenberg z”l, in his essay “A Narrow Bridge: R Nahman of Breslov’s Faith in a World of Doubt” (TRADITION, Fall 2023), writes of finding faith in a world of confusion and at a time that many are plagued by doubt. Because Rosenberg’s essay presents itself to us with such unexpected timeliness, in these days of war and worry and doubt, we discuss it with Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem on the Tradition Podcast.
November 2, 2023

TRADITION QUESTIONS: Violence Consumed

For over three weeks we have been witness to the documentary evidence of the unimaginable horror and bloodshed—some it it produced by the vile perpetrators themselves. Chaim Strauchler questions how Jewish law might guide our consumption of violent images and videos produced by terrorist groups.
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