February 3, 2022

The BEST: Vermeer’s “Geographer” and “Astronomer”

Chaim Brovender writes on the value of art as he interprets two works by Vermeer: “Surely these ideas can be stated in religious language and are found in the words of Hazal. But not everyone can appreciate the wonder in the world through the word, and not everyone can appreciate the love that is expressed in creation through the use of language. Vermeer enables us to look upon these notions through an amazing representation of reality.” 
February 1, 2022

A Bleak Outlook for Orthodox Humanities

Joining the conversation on the state of the humanities in the world and within Orthodoxy in particular, Chaim Waxman responds to Menachem Kellner, bringing the sociologist’s skills to sound a pessimistic note while reminding readers “Ya gotta believe!”
January 30, 2022

Orthodoxy and the Scholem Moment

Today, 28 Shvat, is the 40th yahrzeit of Prof. Gershom Scholem. To mark the occasion we are republishing this column by Zvi Leshem exploring the slew of books and studies recently published on the life and legacy of the path-breaking Kabbalah scholar. Leshem suggests that understanding this phenomenon can help us understand some major trends in contemporary Orthodoxy.
January 27, 2022

The BEST: Working on the Statue of Liberty 

Chaya Sara Oppenheim writes on Norman Rockwell’s “Working on the Statue of Liberty” and on the work required to preserve our liberty. Rockwell depicts a different, rare, and meaningful vantage point: We see Lady Liberty from behind, with our feet already firmly planted on American soil. The Statue of Liberty—for all the freedom and “world-wide welcome” that she symbolizes at the entrance of New York Harbor—is not the central figure in this painting.
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