July 11, 2024

BOOK REVIEW: Eitan P. Fishbane, Embers of Pilgrimage: Poems

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July 11, 2024

A Chief Rabbinate That Might Have Been

Those interested in the interaction of religion and state have been captivated these last few weeks (in the way train wrecks draw our attention) by the byzantine delays in elections for the Israeli Chief Rabbinate—which for the first time in its history is doubly vacant with neither Ashkenazi nor Sefardi Chiefs. Jeffrey Saks examines a chapter in Rabbi Soloveitchik’s biography, and his flirtation with the position in the early 1960s, which reminds us just how far we are from the Rav’s vision of what a Chief Rabbi might be.
July 8, 2024

The Tanya as Chabad Psychology

Tomorrow (3 Tammuz) marks the 30th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson zt”l. In his memory, read an archived TRADITION essay published 60+ years ago for the 150th yahrzeit of his forebear, the Ba’al HaTanya—founder of Chabad Hasidut. Irving Block considered the character of the “Benoni” and his role in the psychological theories of Chabad.
July 7, 2024

Rabbi Lamm and Public Religious Expression

Religion in the classroom is back in the news with Louisiana displaying the Ten Commandments, Oklahoma sticking schoolrooms with Holy Bibles, and the Supreme Court changing tack on the issues. Law scholar Michael A. Helfand considers what Orthodoxy’s attitude to these new trends might be in light of an archived sermon from TRADITION’s founding editor, Rabbi Norman Lamm.
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