The Rabbinical Council of America honored outgoing editor of TRADITION, Rabbi Shalom Carmy, at its convention dinner held in Stamford, CT, on May 21, 2019. To acknowledge his many decades of service to the journal, including these most recent 15 years as editor, the RCA published a special collection of his editor’s Columns in a volume entitled Divrei Shalom.
In surveying the topics covered in the 42 collected essays, TRADITION’s Associate Editor Rabbi Yitzchak Blau observes:
The range of sources utilized by our author is remarkable. Of course, traditional rabbinic luminaries such as Rav Soloveitchik and Rav Kook make frequent appearances as do the great figures of Western culture such as Samuel Johnson and John Stuart Mill. However, R. Carmy’s erudition extends even further. Where else can one find Kojak’s debate with Freud about Oedipus, the use of sociologist Georg Simmel to understand a Bob Dylan song, and a story about a leper hospital listening to a baseball game on the radio, all in the quest for religious growth? Wisdom is a precious commodity and R. Carmy finds it where it exists.