Dov Lerner writes on what makes John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” so revolutionary and so significant to the religious reader: “Milton dismantles the epic celebration of mortal combat so paradigmatic of Homer and Virgil—depicting belligerence as the blemish of the weak, and resilience as the sign of the strong.”
TODAY // Join RCA and TRADITION for a special online panel discussing Ukrainian Jewry's war-time challenges. Panelists will detail their heroic struggle in the face of the humanitarian and refugee crisis unfolding on the Polish border, their work on the ground as communal leaders, the fears and prospects for Jewish institutions going forward—and help us understand the realities of this rapidly unfolding tragedy with greater nuance. Wednesday, March 9 at 12:30 pm ET.
Judith Bleich explores the obligation to remember Amalek as an observance tied to the elemental identification of Jews with the history and destiny of Klal Yisrael, and considers women’s obligation and opportunity in this commandment.
A new anthology-style commentary on Megillat Esther presents the wisdom and enduring insights of R. Eliezer Berkovits, and may make that 20th-century theologian’s thought accessible to new generations of readers—despite the drawbacks of this increasingly popular genre’s attempt to cobble unified commentaries from diverse works of the geniuses of the past. Tuvia Berman reviews “Faith Fulfilled.”