May 21, 2023

REVIEW: Our Roshei Yeshiva

In reviewing David Landes’ recent tribute volume to Rabbis Amital and Lichtenstein, Shlomo Zuckier identifies important themes in the remarkable lives of Har Etzion’s Roshei Yeshiva, which provide new insights for their longtime disciples as well as offers an excellent introduction to the uninitiated. “Our Roshei Yeshiva” (Shikey Press) also serves as a testament to the remarkable life and career of its author z”l, David Landes. 
May 18, 2023

Alt+SHIFT: Mehalekhet be-Darka

In reviewing Malka Puterkovsky’s “Mehalekhet be-Darka,” Yitzchak Blau profiles a work of halakhic literature remarkable for its author, genre, and sensitivities. That a volume of “teshuvot” (even if not adhering to the classical form) penned by a woman garnered critique from the  right-wing is not surprising, and sheds some light on the path breaking accomplishment.  
May 15, 2023

REVIEW: The Final Exam

Yeshiva University enables its students to chart lives and endeavors as Torah-observant Jews in the Western world. The inherent challenge is explored in President Ari Berman’s new book, a manifesto for YU students, “The Final Exam.” In reviewing the book, Aharon Rakeffet-Rothkoff says it presents the uniqueness and benefits of study at YU.
May 11, 2023

Fall 2022 Open Access

TRADITION's #54:4 (Fall 2022) issue is now open access and offers plenty to keep you busy while waiting for our next issue to arrive once you become a subscriber (when you'll no longer have to wait a single day for full access to all our new content).
May 7, 2023

REVIEW: Across the Expanse of Jewish Thought

Hillel Goldberg’s "Across the Expanse of Jewish Thought" is characterized by breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding, alongside passionate involvement in his subjects and precision of analysis. In reviewing the book, Jeffrey Woolf demonstrates how Goldberg enlists his talents as a journalist in making his discussions understandable to the intelligent layperson, without sacrificing a whit of the sophistication and integrity of his presentation. 
May 4, 2023

TRADITION QUESTIONS: A Gadol’s Pants

What can a mysterious item pulled from a Lakewood online auction site teach about growing wealth in American Orthodox life today? Chaim Strauchler offers a suggestion based on conversations from the TRADITION Today Summit on material success and its challenges.
May 2, 2023

PODCAST: The Rav’s Enduring Pedagogical Relevance

Three decades following the passing of the Rav his legacy endures and his teachings still inspire – but how do we communicate his Torah to a generation “which did not know Yosef” (R. Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik, that is)? Mali Brosky’s recent TRADITION essay “The Rav’s Enduring Pedagogical Relevance” takes up this challenge. She recently discussed her essay on the podcast she co-hosts, RZ Weekly, which graciously offered to share the episode with listeners of the TRADITION Podcast.
April 30, 2023

In Memoriam: Rebbetzin Bruria David

With the passing of Rebbetzin Bruria David (1938-2023) z"l, the renowned educator, we lose a model of commitment to teaching, to students, and to scholarship. Her lifelong friend, Judith Bleich, shares memories and helps us appreciate Rebbetzin David and her legacy.
April 28, 2023

TRADITION Today Summit: Material Success and Its Challenges 

On April 23, 2023, TRADITION and the Rabbinical Council of America convened our first TRADITION Today Summit exploring “Material Success and Its Challenges.” With the aim of helping to shape a larger communal conversation on these topics, content generated at and by the conference will be made available to the public from within the pages of the journal and on our other media platforms – in the meantime read more about the program now.