The world of Jewish studies is experiencing a “Gershom Scholem Moment” with a slew of books and studies published on the life and legacy of the path-breaking Kabbalah scholar. Zvi Leshem suggests that understanding this phenomenon can help us understand some major trends in contemporary Orthodoxy.
Daniel Rynhold shows how R. Sacks identified collective structures such as religious traditions as that which creates social meanings giving reasons to pursue one course over another. In doing so R. Sacks restores the link between ethics and reason, reading against a classic essay by philosopher A.J. Ayer – This week in “The Rabbi Sacks Bookshelves Project.”
Daniel Friedman and Chaim Strauchler discuss Richard Niebuhr’s classical essay, "The Idea of Covenant in American Democracy,” asking what it implies for the universal value of civil society, and consider ts particular resonance for the current political moment as filtered through the writings of R. Sacks.