TRADITION continues its yearly tradition of turning to our esteemed editorial board for endorsements for summer reading. Some of the picks could easily be predicted, others are quite surprising, all are worthy of your attention. Read the first of three installments.
Tolstoy’s challenges us to struggle against material prosperity and a save-the-world politics that has made “social progress” priests of every college graduate and pop star. Yakov Danishevky explains why Tolstoy’s “Confession is The BEST because it exposes the underbelly of high-class culture: status, self-righteousness, and dogmatism.
Among the more bizarre (Jewish) events of our COVID days was a wedding held under a traditional bridal canopy in one of Bnai Brak’s cemeteries—a very old custom which was believed to potentially ward off the plague. Jeremy Brown explores the origins and surprising history of the unusual “Black Wedding.”