September 21, 2023

Alt+SHIFT: The Gift of Life

Twenty years ago Israel ranked 28th in the world in proportional live kidney donations. By 2020, the WHO ranked Israel the world leader in altruistic live donor kidney transplants How did this come about and how did attitudes particularly within the religious community change? Apparently, a few good and dedicated people can change the world.
September 18, 2023

Yom Kippur War After 50 Years

During these 10 Days of Teshuva we mark 50 years since the Yom Kippur War. TRADITION's most recent issue contains a cluster of articles and essays exploring the theological, national, and communal impact of that nearly calamitous episode in modern Jewish history on the State of Israel, world Jewry, and on Religious Zionism. Sample open-access content by R. Yehuda Amital zt”l and R. Haim Sabato. Join TRADITION readers for a special in-person event in Jerusalem this Wednesday exploring our special issue in advance of Yom Kippur.
September 14, 2023


Noting the importance of the kingship theme on Rosh Hashana, Chaim Strauchler questions how the coronation of a new king in the Court of St. James will affect our prayers this year. Relating to traditions that emphasize the participatory character of Divine kingship, he questions how kingship as an idea influences Jewish political discourse.
September 11, 2023

REVIEW: State of Halakha

The establishment of the Jewish State in 1948 introduced previously unimaginable questions for halakha and Jewish religious life — most relevantly in terms of statehood and governance. Aviad Tabory’s "State of Halakha" (Maggid Books) is best understood through its subtitle: “Israel’s history in Jewish law.” Sruli Fruchter, in reviewing the work, says the book shows that “halakha always has something to say. And in Israel’s case, we have the ability to listen.”
September 7, 2023

Alt+SHIFT: Frum Film

The content of Israeli television and films reveals dynamics working in the Jewish State. Who is being featured and how they are being portrayed help tell the tale of Israeli society. Yitzchak Blau’s Alt+SHIFT offering works off recent cultural surveys and criticism on the growing presence of religious characters in movies and TV alongside a recent documentary series on Israeli secularism.
September 5, 2023

RESPONSE: Sea Change and Seeing Change

The recent republication of TRADITION’s twenty-five year-old symposium on “The Sea Change in American Orthodox Judaism” generated a “looking back” on the part of some of those original 35 authors. Marc D. Angel and Judith Bleich each stands by his and her opinions of a quarter century ago.
September 3, 2023

REVIEW: Perpetuating the Masorah

In "Perpetuating the Masorah" (Maggid Books & OU Press) we meet Rabbi Yitzhak, not Professor Isadore, Twersky—an expositor par excellence of Torat Hashem, delivering eternal wisdom to his faithful followers, not to his academic seminar room. That he could straddle these two worlds speaks volumes to his intellect and personality. Todd Berman reviews…
August 31, 2023

TRADITION QUESTIONS: Standing at Weddings

Chaim Strauchler questions some of the fanfare within the modern Jewish wedding. Focusing on the near-universal practice of rising for the bride and groom during the procession, he questions the practice’s source and what it says about celebrity culture’s connection to religious community.
August 28, 2023

FIELD NOTES: Material Success and Its Challenges

TRADITION recently held its first Tradition Today Summit, addressing the issue of “Material Success and its Challenges.” Orthodox life in the United States has seen increasing material success in recent decades. This has had an impact in a wide range of areas – sumptuary trends, philanthropy, career choice, institutional sustainability (e.g., the tuition crisis), social and communal gaps between haves and have-nots, and more. While many of these topics have been discussed informally, little has been written about them in a systemic and organized fashion. Here is a summary of the proceedings, which we expect to publish in an upcoming issue of the journal.