Judith Bleich explores the obligation to remember Amalek as an observance tied to the elemental identification of Jews with the history and destiny of Klal Yisrael, and considers women’s obligation and opportunity in this commandment.
A new anthology-style commentary on Megillat Esther presents the wisdom and enduring insights of R. Eliezer Berkovits, and may make that 20th-century theologian’s thought accessible to new generations of readers—despite the drawbacks of this increasingly popular genre’s attempt to cobble unified commentaries from diverse works of the geniuses of the past. Tuvia Berman reviews “Faith Fulfilled.”
Join RCA and TRADITION for a special online panel discussing Ukrainian Jewry's war-time challenges. Panelists will detail their heroic struggle in the face of the humanitarian and refugee crisis unfolding on the Polish border, their work on the ground as communal leaders, the fears and prospects for Jewish institutions going forward—and help us understand the realities of this rapidly unfolding tragedy with greater nuance. Wednesday, March 9 at 12:30 pm ET.
Chaim Brovender sees in Rembrandt’s art a message for our humanity: Rembrandt telegraphs to us that each person’s individual identity cannot be suppressed. Each one’s face is unique and meaningful. Each figure is not quite like anyone else, and recalls to our minds the midrashic observation: “Just as no two people resemble one another, so no two people think alike. Rather, each person has an opinion of his own.”