Chaim Strauchler on “The Idea of the Holy” for “The BEST”: Empiricism says things that cannot be measured do not really exist. Writing at the start of the 20th century, Rudolf Otto cried foul. There’s something within us (and beyond us) that cannot be reduced to external observation. This anti-reductionist approach is a critical weapon in a Ben or Bat-Torah’s arsenal today.
The overall aim of Menachem Kellner’s “We Are Not Alone” is to articulate a universalistic interpretation of Orthodoxy which emphasizes the Torah’s explicit teaching that all human beings are created in the image of God. He finds an appreciative reader in Michael Harris who writes: “Rootedness in the particular texts and traditions of Judaism together with compassionate universalism remains an all-too-rare combination in today’s Orthodox world. This book provides strength and support for those convinced that the most noble stance for Orthodoxy is one which reaches out from a non-negotiable matrix of halakhic fidelity and proud particularity to embrace all those created in the image of God.”
Sarah Rindner Blum joins TRADITION’s ongoing conversation about the state and fate of the Great Books, focusing on Cynthia Ozick’s recent literary offering which attunes her readers to matters of objective truth, of God and of eternity, allowing us to appreciate books and culture for what they are.