April 7, 2024

Tazria and Trauma: Between the Mishkan and Kfar Aza

Homes, be they our private homes, the Mishkan, or the State of Israel, are formed of promises, and October 7th challenged these promises and undermined our understanding of ourselves. As we hit the 6-month mark of this war and as we stumble through both horror and uncertainty, Rachel Sharansky Danziger considers how the Book of Leviticus offers comfort, and a way to visualize the path ahead.
April 4, 2024

Unpacking the Iggerot: Kippa on the Job

Should I wear a kippa in today’s climate? This is a question being asked by many Jewish men. In this next installment of Moshe Kurtz’s new TraditionOnline series, “Unpacking the Iggerot,” we go back to the 1970s when many felt they could not cover their heads in the American workplace, and look at how R. Moshe Feinstein navigated a conflict between practical necessity and religious imperative with an eye on the long arc of how to best preserve halakhic integrity in American Orthodoxy.
April 2, 2024

Mitzvot in War

“This war opened a new channel for me to connect with our religious world. I look at my duties and halakhic habits with new eyes,” writes Avraham Stav in another dispatch from the war. How do halakha, Torah study, and especially prayer transform our IDF soldiers and support their mission? How does it turn an army base into a space in which “the Lord your God who walks among you in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you”?
March 31, 2024

PODCAST: War in Israel at Yale

TRADITION’s most recent issue features a special section with short reflective essays on the events of October 7th and the ongoing war in Israel. In this episode, two of those authors meet to discuss the topics touched on in those very personal pieces of writing. Chaim Strauchler engages with Alex S. Ozar, who serves as a rabbi with the Orthodox Union’s JLIC and the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University. Alex’s essay, “War in Israel, in New Haven” captures the raw emotions, trauma, and fear of last Simhat Torah. He wonders: Is the Golden Age of American Jewry, in fact, over? He shares reflections on the Jewish experience on the Yale campus over the past number of months and what that experience says about the future of American Jewry. Amidst many frightening anecdotes, he communicates optimism about his students and the prospects for future Jewish success.
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