Natanel Ellinson’s portrait of divisions in Israeli society suggests a rift between Yehudim (Jews) and Yisraelim (Israelis), each with its own orientation, culture, and values. In this week’s Alt+SHIFT Yitzchak Blau admits some of the diagnosis is useful but overlooks subtleties that we dare not ignore.
For close to two decades, the Polish-Jewish journalist and religious intellectual Hillel Zeitlin sought in vain to establish fraternal societies for the spiritual and ethical revival of the Jewish people. “On Select Redeemers,” his final manifesto from June 1939 is a stirring testimony to his resolute faith in the power of individual prayer to affect history. The document, which is presented here for the first time in English, is now open access to our readers appearing in an annotated translation by Jonatan Meir and Samuel Glauber-Zimra.
In this week’s Alt+SHIFT installment Yitzchak Blau profiles the columns and commentary of Eden Abitbol, whose writing opens a window into Haredi yeshiva life, its struggles and unique culture – both the manifest and suppressed components of how bachurim seek and maintain individuality within the yeshiva’s regimented collective atmosphere.
TRADITION 55:1 (Winter 2023) has begun to arrive in our readers’ mailboxes, and is available online with your login for subscribers. This issue of our journal of Orthodox Jewish thought features a number of items sure to dominate conversation this season with essays on the origin and impact of the Talmud page layout, Jewish responsibility to strengthen democratic society and norms, questions about above-ground burial, a bundle of important book reviews, and more.