April 22, 2021

The BEST: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Writing for The Best, Elie Weissman reviews "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," the John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart western classic, as a Zionist allegory.
April 20, 2021

RESPONSE: Chesterton’s Orthodox Insights

Responding to a recent feature on G.K. Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy,” Yitzchak Blau draws our attention to some additional aspects of that great essayist’s words which offer a sense of the power of Chesterton’s prose and the keenness of his insight.
April 18, 2021

Of Love, Holiness, and the Other

For Parashat Kedoshim read Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s “Of Love, Holiness, and the Other” (Winter 2021). The renowned educator and author explores themes in the “morality of aspiration” as a path to holiness, especially as it should guide interpersonal relationships.
April 15, 2021

PODCAST: Rabbi Sacks Bookshelves Project

In this TRADITION Podcast authors from our R. Sacks Bookshelves Project discuss why R. Sacks read and quoted the books that he did and the role those works played in his leadership and philosophy. They look at some common themes emerging from the project and the optimistic view of humanity with which R. Sacks leaves us, his readers and disciples.
April 13, 2021

Halakhic Zionism? A New Text and Its Possible Implications

Does R. Soloveitchik’s newly published “Jewish Sovereignty and the Redemption of the Shekhina” (TRADITION, Winter 2021) provide a new data point in unraveling his views on the religious meaning of the State of Israel? Aton Holzer speculates…
April 11, 2021

Adding Hallel on Shabbat 5 Iyar

When the calendar date for the observance of Yom HaAtzmaut is changed how should we relate to the historical date of 5 Iyar, which falls on this upcoming Shabbat? Yaakov Jaffe advocates for additional Hallel.
April 8, 2021

The BEST: R. Sacks Bookshelves Project – A Closing Chapter

Chaim Strauchler looks back on TraditionOnline’s Rabbi Sacks Bookshelves Project, summing up the insights gained as we took a look at the array of writings in Jewish and general wisdom from which R. Sacks crafted his books, essays, and sermons.
April 5, 2021

Yefet, Shem, and the New Dead Sea Scrolls

How does the recent discovery of additional Dead Sea Scroll fragments shed light on Jewish ritual practice in antiquity, and on some well-known statements of Hazal? Miriam Zami explains.
March 25, 2021

TRADITION Passover Archives

As the TRADITION editorial office closes for Passover, we leave you with these highlights from our 60+ years of archived essays. Enjoy this reading over Yom Tov – we hope all our readers will be celebrating a Hag Kasher veSameah in good health and in the company of loved ones.