What lessons does Billy Joel’s song “Vienna” hold for our thinking about pursuing excellence in all realms? Isaac Selter hears in the song a teaching about balancing striving for dreams and aspirations along with trust in Divine help in this week’s “The BEST.”
“Parshanei HaMikra,” a posthumous work by the late and lamented master teacher Dr. Avigail Rock, provides a broad historical perspective on biblical exegesis and makes the commentators come alive as sages who questioned and provided responses to spiritual dilemmas that occupy our minds and hearts until today. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble reviews….
Avi Narrow-Tilonsky writes on The Gettysburg Address for The BEST: “As religious Jews, dedicated to religious piety and knowledge, the Gettysburg Address can serve as a reminder of values which we share with others—a basic unifying morality and the need to refer to our history as a source for these values.”
Dr. John Loike, Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler’s student and longtime collaborator on over 25 papers in medical halakha, shares reminiscences about his special experiences with him that provide a glimpse into the late rabbi as a Torah scholar, scientist, and posek.