December 18, 2023

Judah & Joseph

How could Judah convince an Egyptian official (unbeknownst to Judah, none other than the long-lost Joseph) to enslave an innocent man and let a convicted thief go free? Judah rises to the challenge magnificently. Read about the epic confrontation between Joseph and Judah in Hillel J. Chiel’s essay from the TRADITION Archives.
December 15, 2023

A Solomonic Determination

In light of the rare non-coincidence of Miketz and Hanukka we will read the almost always preempted Haftara for this week’s portion – which includes the well-known episode of Solomon’s judgment in the case of maternal identity. Rabbi J. David Bleich discussed this passage from I Kings in his “Survey of Recent Halakhic Literature” in our Fall 2023 issue. Read an excerpt from his article, “Horton Hatches the Egg, Who Raises the Chick?: Maternal Identity, Custody, and the Israeli Courts.”
December 14, 2023

TRADITION QUESTIONS: Hanukka Blues

What do the colors of Hannuka candles say about religious culture and crafty consumerism? Do our holidays need color palattes? How much of American Jewish life is tied to subconscious marketing trends? Chaim Strauchler speculates in a very special holiday installment of TRADITION Questions brought to you by Hallmark.
December 12, 2023

“Home” for the Holiday

Hannuka’s requirement of “ner ish u-beyto” makes the candle-lighting mitzva a house-bound one. Avraham Stav, writing from the Gaza border, asks how myriad Israeli soldiers dwelling in the field, and almost as many Israelis displaced from their homes, help us reevaluate and expand the meaning of “bayit” as we light our candles.
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