April 18, 2024

Unpacking the Iggerot: Breaking Away & Crossing Lines

In our next installment of “Unpacking the Iggerot,” Moshe Kurtz investigates how R. Feinstein adjudicated a contentious dispute over a breakaway minyan, and what it means for the broader topics of economic competition, employment rights, and rabbinic authority.
April 15, 2024

Rabbinic Responses to Conscription

Following Emancipation in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when large numbers of Jews were conscripted into European armies, traditionalist segments perceived army service as a calamity. As demonstrated by Prof. Judith Bleich in an essay from the TRADITION Archives, extreme prejudice and antisemitism persisted in the armed forces and the promise of equality remained an illusion. However, she suggests, casting contemporary military service in the Israeli Army in terms that smack of the Czar’s Army and the cantonist system, especially at a time such as this, completely misses the point.
April 11, 2024

TRADITION QUESTIONS: A Broken Secret Code

Judaism’s prominence in modern society as well as new communication technologies create opportunities for those outside Judaism to see what goes on inside. This is both an opportunity and a risk. Chaim Strauchler questions whether this reality requires change in how and what we communicate.
April 9, 2024

Small Nation, Big Family

Jewish schoolchildren in New Jersey set up a popcorn stand to raise money to send pizza to Israeli soldiers. Avraham Stav got a lump in his throat as he swallowed his slice. In this next dispatch from the frontline, he describes the meaningfulness and sense of worldwide Jewish connection that these acts of support and encouragement have generated—flowing from the Diaspora to Israel and hopefully in the reciprocal direction as well.
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