July 11, 2022

Bilam the Prophet

Why did Hazal draw a comparison between Moshe and Bilam that appears to flatter a sworn enemy of Israel at the expense of our greatest prophet?  Simi Peters explains…
July 7, 2022

TRADITION’s 2022 Book Endorsements – Part II

TRADITION wraps up this year’s installment of our Editorial Board’s selections for recommended summer reading. Read the final round of endorsements – and discover the winner of our contest to predict the most picks!
July 3, 2022

TRADITION’s 2022 Book Endorsements

TRADITION continues its yearly tradition of turning to our esteemed editorial board for endorsements for summer reading. Some of the picks could ae easily been predicted, others are quite surprising, all are worthy of your attention. Read the first of two installments today on TraditonOnline.
June 30, 2022

The BEST: Talking to Strangers

Alex Ozar writes on Danielle S. Allen’s “Talking to Strangers”: Each of us can, and so must, contribute to our country’s fund of goodwill and mutuality. We do this not through professing the right views, and not through politeness around charged topics, but through talking to strangers, which for Allen means leaving our comfort zones to form actual relationships of cooperation and accountability with those we’d prefer stay at a distance.
June 28, 2022

The Song of the Well

The Song of the Well (Numbers 21:17-18) is nestled between Israel’s journey around Moab and the defeat of the Amorite kings, Sihon and Og. This highly compact song appears between two other brief enigmatic poems, adding to its mysterious air. Geula Twersky unravels its riddles…
June 27, 2022

Winter 2022 Open-Access

TRADITION’s Winter 2022 issue has just gone open-access: Read Beverly Gribetz’s review of historical scholarship on women's education – and see how she unpacks its meaning for today; Yonatan Feintuch on the unity of halakha and aggada; Menahem Keren-Kratz does a deep dive into journalistic archives to uncover the “Haredization” of American Orthodoxy in the early 20th century – and much more.
June 23, 2022

The BEST: Mr. Mani

Writing about A.B. Yehoshua’s 1990 experimental, historical novel “Mr. Mani,” Jeffrey Saks considers how the Hebrew author raised questions about how the Jewish past reverberates throughout the generations. Saks also discusses his unlikely friendship with Yehoshua, and what the author, who passed away last week at age 85, taught him about Jewish life and Zionism. 
June 19, 2022

TRADITION’s Book Endorsement Contest 

Before the launch of this year’s TRADITION editorial board summer book endorsements, enter our contest to predict the titles to appear and WIN A YEAR'S SUBSCRIPTION to our print journal for yourself as a new or renewing subscriber, or to gift to someone else. 
June 16, 2022

The BEST: The Hero With a Thousand Faces

Rachel Sharansky Danziger writes on the value of appreciating common literary forms: By treating all myths and religious stories as variations on the same deeper psychological drama, Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” discards the question of their veracity, rendering them all equally true – or untrue. To accept this position is to reject the first commandment, Maimonides’ 13 principles of faith, and so much else besides. That said, Campbell’s methodology can still enrich our study of Tanakh.