May 19, 2022

The Byzantine Prehistory of Lag ba-Omer

The origins of the minor Jewish festival of Lag ba-Omer, celebrated today, are shrouded in mystery. This article by Aton Holzer, which appeared in TRADITION (Spring 2020), speculates that the origin of the holiday actually lies in the laying of the cornerstone of the Julianic Temple in 363 CE in Jerusalem.
May 15, 2022

Abortion Revisited

The possibility that the Roe v. Wade ruling will be overturned by the Supreme Court is polarizing. In TRADITION’s special issue exploring the thought of R. Lichtenstein, Alan Jotkowitz analyzed R. Lichtenstein’s nuanced teachings on abortion, highlighting his balanced approach to this painfully divisive subject. 
May 12, 2022

The BEST: Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations 

In this Omer season, as we read each Shabbat from Avot, Ephraim Fruchter sees parallels in Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” and draws our attention to the benefits of reading this classic ethical text opposite the musar tradition.
May 9, 2022

New and Noteworthy Books

Our seasonal roundup of noteworthy new titles in Jewish studies and learning, with offerings on Rav Kook; halakha, responsa, and history; Torah from heaven and revelation reexamined; and more…
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