There’s an interesting debate raging through the imperiled halls of the Ivy League’s humanities departments — and it has special meaning for Modern Orthodoxy as a religious community that has classically valued the encounter with worldly, humanistic wisdom. As the relationship of those two realms of wisdom, often framed around the concept of Torah u-Madda, is receiving renewed ideological and institutional reassessment, this recent TraditionOnline series takes note of trends in general higher education and society.
Jeffrey Saks: Great Books and “The BEST” Books
Menachem Kellner: Orthodox Humanities?
Chaim I. Waxman: A Bleak Outlook for Orthodox Humanities
Shalom Carmy: Soul on an Ice-Bound Sea
Yitzchak Blau: The Ongoing Relevance of the Classics
(Additional entries on this topic will be indexed here.)