September 12, 2022

PODCAST: Prozbul’s Disappearance and Resurgence

In advance of the once-in-seven-year signing of the prozbul, Shlomo Brody joins the TRADITION Podcast to discuss his recent TRADITION essay “The Curious Case of Prozbul’s Disappearance and Resurgence” – a fascinating test-case that raises interesting questions about how and if halakha adapts and evolves. 
September 8, 2022

The BEST: The Wealth of Nations 

Chaim Strauchler writes on Adam Smith’s classic “The Wealth of Nations” for The BEST: Each person acting in his own self-interest “conquers” the world – as God tasked Adam I. With this ingenuity, humanity acting together constitutes “the invisible hand” – a combination of the human and something almost divine.
September 5, 2022

New and Noteworthy Books

TRADITION’s seasonal roundup of noteworthy new titles in Jewish studies and learning, with offerings on Shabbat’s challenge and contribution to the modern world, mental health and halakha, Hebrew and Yiddish literature, the history of Talmud printing and Hasidic sermons, and more…. 
September 1, 2022

The BEST: Saving Private Ryan

David Curwin, writing for The BEST, sees a life lesson in juxtaposing the films “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) with “The Irishman” (2019): “The end of each film, with the perspective of decades after those pivotal events, implies that it was the protagonists’ private lives, not their public roles, that really mattered.” 
August 30, 2022

Rav Kook Archives

Today, 3 Elul, marks the 87th yahrzeit of Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook zt”l. As one of the most significant Jewish thinkers of the modern era it is no surprise that his works have been analyzed, reviewed, and translated in the pages of TRADITION over the years. Visit our archives....
August 28, 2022

Selihot in Manifestation and Essence

With the arrival of Rosh Hodesh Elul we enter the month of “mercy and forgiveness.” Among the season’s most well-known but challenging customs is the recitation of Selihot. The publication of a new edition of these penitential prayers and piyutim, with an introduction and insightful commentary by Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, will enhance our recitation of the Selihot for generations to come. In this excerpt R. Schacter explores themes related to the meaning and force of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy – the central experience of the Selihot prayers.
August 25, 2022

The BEST: When I Was a Child I Read Books

Yitzchak Blau finds in Marilynne Robinson’s essay collection, “When I Was a Child I Read Books,” an argument for Jewish communities to more forthrightly discussing their shortcomings, even as they defend their faith claims – this week in The BEST.
August 23, 2022

REVIEW: Rationalism vs. Mysticism

Through a close reading of Natan Slifkin's new “Rationalism vs. Mysticism: Schisms in Jewish Thought” Alex Ozar aims to get to the bottom of what it means to identify as a "rationalist," what it means to divide the Jewish intellectual world into rationalist and mystical camps, and what's at stake in asserting a "schism" in Jewish thought. 
August 21, 2022

PODCAST: It Takes a Cosmic Village

This is an Audio Editor’s Note from TRADITION’s newly released Summer 2022 issue—Rabbi Jeffrey Saks reads his essay “It Takes a Cosmic Village” which introduces a special section on Jewish Universalism.