Today (January 29) marks the 120th birthday of Yeshayahu Leibowitz -- one of the most iconoclastic and controversial Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. Read works from the pages of TRADITION penned by Leibowitz and about him which remind us that he remains a compelling, original voice for those attempting to understand Jewish life, philosophy, and polity in Israel during the better part of the twentieth century.
The mass of Israelis trekking to Uman for Rosh Hashana includes secularists, National Religious types, Sefardim, Haredim, and Hasidim of nearly every variety. In his interesting book, Dr. Moshe Weinstock analyzes this phenomenon and provides important insight to help understand how the pilgrimage is a reflection of trends in Israeli society. Yitzchak Blau poses questions about it in this week’s Alt+SHIFT.