March 25, 2024

REPLY: Revenant Mitzvot

Responding to Chaim Strauchler’s recent essay about “Ghost Mitzvot” which fell out of use or disappeared and have surprisingly regained popularity in our own era, Baruch Sterman, of the Ptil Tekhelet Institute explains why the “royal and rarest blue” tzitzit strings and the process of producing them may be more of a unique story.
March 21, 2024

Unpacking the Iggerot: Megilla with a Microphone

In the mid-1960s R. Moshe Feinstein ruled that a microphone could be used for Megilla reading. In the first entry in our new “Unpacking the Iggerot” series, Moshe Kurtz addresses the implications of this decades-old ruling for issues that arose during COVID-19 and for our current post-pandemic era.
March 20, 2024

Mrs. Soloveitchik

Tomorrow, Ta’anit Esther, 11 Adar II, marks the 57th yahrzeit of Mrs. Tonya Soloveitchik, whom her husband described in the pages of TRADITION as “A woman of great courage, sublime dignity, total commitment, and uncompromising truthfulness.” Mrs. Soloveitchik’s achievements on behalf of Jewish life and education have not been widely known or appreciated in the wider Orthodox community. We were pleased to offer a corrective to the historical record with Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein’s portrait of her mother, “Mrs. Soloveitchik: A Biographical Sketch.”
March 17, 2024

If Your Brothers Go To War

While the Jewish People in Israel and worldwide have benefitted from a high level of unity since the despicable events of October 7th and throughout the ongoing traumas of the war, after nearly half a year, regrettable, unnecessary, and painful cracks are emerging. Among the most divisive issues perennially facing the State is the question of the blanket exemption of Haredim from military or national service. The recent remarks by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef concerning this issue generated much angry response in the country. “If they force us to join the army, we will all move abroad,” said the Rishon LeZion. In response, Rabbi Tamir Granot, father of Amitai z”l, who was killed in defense of the country in the early days of the war, issued a heartfelt message in which he addresses both R. Yosef and the Haredi world on the right, as well as liberal secularists on his left.
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