PODCAST: Family and Morality in Turbulent Times

Tradition Online | November 7, 2021

In this episode of the TRADITION Podcast our editor R. Jeffrey Saks speaks with Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel, who teaches Talmud and Halakha at Nishmat and Matan in Jerusalem, is a Yoetzet Halacha, and the Director of Matan’s advanced halakha program. Rabbanit Fraenkel’s essay in our Rabbi Norman Lamm Memorial Volume explores R. Lamm’s writing, preaching, and teaching on the role of “Family and Morality in Turbulent Times.” Throughout the 1960s and 70s, from his synagogue pulpit and his perch as a public intellectual, R. Lamm confronted and addressed the array of cultural changes – and counter-cultural forces – that were afoot and threatening a life of sanctity and religious commitment. Her essay assesses the body of his writing on these topics, and demonstrates how groundbreaking he was at the time, and how enduring most of those messages remain over a half-century later.

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