Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” is an enduring and eloquent examination of that most American of virtues: individualism. Since the essential human being is the private self, how do we square the essay's teachings with a religious life of community and contribution to the other? Jeffrey Saks re-reads “Self-Reliance,” with its echoes in the Rav and the Reb, in this week’s The BEST.
Ido Pachter’s recent Hebrew manifesto “Diversity in Judaism” puts forth an interesting, if not problematic, vision for the place of halakha in modern Israeli society. Avi Baumol applauds Pachter’s push to create a fairer halakhic system—but cautions that reaching for utopia may lead to a far more dystopian result.
Join professors Carmi Horowitz and Jeffrey Woolf for a wide-ranging podcast conversation about the life and legacy of Rabbi Prof. Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky zt”l, as reflected in the recent collection of essays, edited by Horowitz and reviewed by Woolf in TRADITION’s recent issue.