May 22, 2024

Rav Avraham Elya Kaplan and the Fear of Heaven

Rav Avraham Eliyahu Kaplan achieved much in a short lifespan: creative talmid hakham, scholar, poet, pedagogue, inspiring persona, musar giant. His 100th yahrzeit will be marked tomorrow—15 Iyyar (May 23)—and beckons us to honor his life and teachings and to elevate and inspire us to push beyond our own boundaries. Read Hillel Goldberg’s presentation of R. Kaplan’s musar teaching in the TRADITION Archive.
May 20, 2024

REVIEW: Faith and History

Decades after R. Eliezer Berkovits passed away, a new anthology of his essays, ranging from Jewish prayer to life in America and Israel, reminds us of the ongoing relevance of this important theologian and educator. In his review of “Faith and History,” David Curwin examines Berkovits in his historical context, and compares his views with those of his contemporaries. Given the numerous contemporary crises confronting the Jewish community, this collection proves timely and insightful.
May 19, 2024

PODCAST: Covenantal Capitalism

Michael Eisenberg recently discussed his Tradition Today Summit essay with Yaakov Wolff at the Shtark Tank podcast. The essay and conversation center on Eisenberg’s concept of “Covenantal Capitalism” and how Jewish values have shaped his career and investing. They also discuss ways in which Torah concepts concerning economic values are best, perhaps only, able to be implemented in modern Israel. Listen to this cross-posted conversation.
May 16, 2024

TRADITION Questions: Anti-Romcom and Antisemitism

The current dramatic rise in antisemitism raises questions about the nature of the phenomenon. Examining claims that it is not a typical hatred but a conspiracy theory, TRADITION’s associate editor Chaim Strauchler uses the idea of an anti-story to connect the Jewish story and its opposite.
May 14, 2024

The Rav on Jewish Sovereignty 1948

As we observe Yom HaAtzmaut TRADITION is proud to release this open-access version of R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s “Jewish Sovereignty and the Redemption of the Shekhina” – a manuscript originally prepared in Yiddish and delivered by the Rav at the 1948 Mizrachi Convention, just weeks after the establishment of the State of Israel.
May 13, 2024

Another Day in Gaza

From “War and Destruction” to “Pain Not Even Satan Could Create,” Israeli popular music reflects changing moods toward the current war. What began with self-assurance about the IDF’s strength and inevitable victory has drifted to address the fear, pain, and loss that accompany any war, certainly this one. As we approach Yom HaZikaron, Yoel Finkelman shows how Israeli music calls upon us to live up to the memory of our friends, neighbors, and family who will not return.
May 9, 2024

Unpacking the Iggerot: Power and Parameters of Human Dignity

Does halakha care about our feelings? This might be one of those instances where it actually depends on the context. In the fourth installment of “Unpacking the Iggerot,” Moshe Kurtz investigates to what extent kavod ha-beriyot, human dignity, plays a role in R. Moshe Feinstein’s halakhic decision-making.
May 6, 2024

Spring 2024 Arrives

TRADITION vol. 56 no. 2 (Spring 2024) has arrived as a special issue delivering the papers presented at last year's “Tradition Today Summit” exploring the spiritual challenges of material success, edited by Jeffrey Saks and Shlomo Zuckier. Subscribers can access the entire issue online; others can read select open-access content.
May 5, 2024

REVIEW: Vegetarianism, Ecology, and Business Ethics

In his sophisticated and immensely erudite new book of essays, Daniel Sperber argues powerfully that it is difficult to justify eating meat produced by modern industrial farming methods, on grounds of both kashrut and ethics. Yedidya Sinclair suggests that Sperber's book makes a strong case for the interwovenness of ethics with the halakhot of kashrut, persuasively arguing that ecology and environmentalism should be higher priorities in the Jewish world.