June 29, 2021

TRADITION’s 2021 Book Endorsements – Part II

TRADITION continues its yearly tradition of turning to our esteemed editorial board for endorsements for summer reading. Read the second of our three installments.
June 27, 2021

In Memoriam: R. Reuven Bulka

TRADITION mourns and remembers Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, z”l, our longtime editorial board member and an eloquent public intellectual.
June 27, 2021

TRADITION’s 2021 Book Endorsements

TRADITION continues its yearly tradition of turning to our esteemed editorial board for endorsements for summer reading. Some of the picks could easily be predicted, others are quite surprising, all are worthy of your attention. Read the first of three installments.
June 24, 2021

The BEST: Tolstoy’s Confession 

Tolstoy’s challenges us to struggle against material prosperity and a save-the-world politics that has made “social progress” priests of every college graduate and pop star. Yakov Danishevky explains why Tolstoy’s “Confession is The BEST because it exposes the underbelly of high-class culture: status, self-righteousness, and dogmatism.
June 21, 2021

Plague Weddings

Among the more bizarre (Jewish) events of our COVID days was a wedding held under a traditional bridal canopy in one of Bnai Brak’s cemeteries—a very old custom which was believed to potentially ward off the plague. Jeremy Brown explores the origins and surprising history of the unusual “Black Wedding.”
June 18, 2021

TRADITION’s Book Endorsements Contest

Win a year’s subscription to TRADITION’s print journal for yourself as a new or renewing subscriber or to gift to someone else by correctly predicting as many titles due to appear on our annual editorial board Summer Book Endorsements.
June 17, 2021

The BEST: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

In which a book about Zen and motorcycles is less about either of those and turns out to be more of a Musar work reminding us to aim for Quality in our life and service of God. Todd Berman reads a contemporary classic in this week’s the BEST.
June 14, 2021

REVIEW: Rabbenu Tam

Today, 4 Tammuz (June 14), marks the 850th yahrzeit of Rabbenu Tam. Pinchas Roth’s review of Rami Reiner’s new book draws our attention to important new scholarship on the interpretation, halakhic legacy, and controversies of a monumental figure whose rulings and readings continue to impact Jewish law until the present day.
June 13, 2021

PODCAST: Eric Lawee’s “Rashi’s Commentary”

Eric Lawee and Jeffrey Saks consider how Rashi’s Torah commentary came to occupy its singular place in Jewish learning, and if it was inevitable or not – in the TRADITION Podcast.