July 12, 2021

TORAH U-MADDA JOURNAL, vol. 18

TRADITION congratulates our editorial board member, Prof. David Shatz, on the publication of “The Torah U-Madda Journal,” vol. 18, the final issue to appear under his distinguished 21-year editorship of the journal.
July 11, 2021

The Midrashic Filling of Eikha’s Void

Certain that this will provide a meaningful read this week of Tisha B’Av we share Dr. Yael Ziegler’s essay “The Midrashic Filling of Eikha’s Void.” This essay originally appeared in TRADITION’s Summer 2020 issue and has now been collected in Dr. Ziegler's "Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World" (Maggid Books). 
July 8, 2021

The BEST: On the Social Contract

Rousseau’s “Social Contract” does not alienate the individual’s power of self-government, but preserves it in elevated form. Society forms not to avoid violence, but so that individuals can better meet the challenges of living through collaboration, innovation, and shared knowledge. It’s Rabbi Sacks’ concept of a politics of “We instead of Me” writes Isaac Fried in this week’s The BEST.
July 6, 2021

The Fate of Rabbi Elazar ben Arakh

Yaakov Blau presents a “sugya approach” to offer a richer view of Rabbi Elazar ben Arakh’s fate—the story of a towering figure of talmudic creativity who ultimately forgot his learning.
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