Peter L. Berger provides sociological language to explain the dangers of being a cognitive minority in an open society. Mijal Bitton explains that Berger’s “A Rumor of Angels” is “The Best,” because it offers methods by which religious believers might push back within a secular, intellectual world.
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.
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).
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.