April 5, 2021

Yefet, Shem, and the New Dead Sea Scrolls

How does the recent discovery of additional Dead Sea Scroll fragments shed light on Jewish ritual practice in antiquity, and on some well-known statements of Hazal? Miriam Zami explains.
March 25, 2021

TRADITION Passover Archives

As the TRADITION editorial office closes for Passover, we leave you with these highlights from our 60+ years of archived essays. Enjoy this reading over Yom Tov – we hope all our readers will be celebrating a Hag Kasher veSameah in good health and in the company of loved ones.
March 24, 2021

OPEN ACCESS: Jewish Thought Symposium

With the upcoming arrival of TRADITION’s next issue, we have made our Fall 2020 issue open access, including our special Jewish Thought Symposium, guest edited by Mali Brofsky.
March 23, 2021

Humrot as Refinement, Not Confinement

Judy Taubes Sterman offers an alternative view of Passover stringencies, based on the teaching of Mei HaShiloah.
March 21, 2021

New and Noteworthy Books

Some noteworthy new titles have landed in the busy editorial offices of TRADITION: a look at Shtetl life from the perspective of the poor and destitute, Israelis and Americans look at each other through the veil of literary translation, Haym Soloveitchik's third essay collection, the lives of 19th-century smalltown rabbis, and more.
March 18, 2021

The BEST: Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy”

G.K. Chesterton remains one of the great writers and communicators of modern religion, combining a journalist’s flair, the literary credentials of a first-rate author, and a theology deeply considered. Writing for this week's R. Sacks Bookshelves Project, Ben Crowne looks at points of contact between the Catholic Chesterton's writing in "Orthodoxy" and R. Sacks' role as a representative of a minority faith who could speak about religious identity to a nationwide audience.
March 16, 2021

ARCHIVES: Erev Pesach on Shabbat

When erev Pesach occurred on Shabbat in 1974 – as it will this year – it was the first time in 20 years that Jews worldwide confronted this phenomenon which presents a slew of halakhic challenges. Rabbi J. David Bleich was at the ready with a column in TRADITION’s  “Survey of Recent Halakhic Literature.” Here it is, fresh from our archives...
March 14, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Faith and Freedom Haggadah

As we turn our attention to Passover, Yitzchak Rosenblum reviews the Eliezer Berkovits Haggadah, situating it within larger trends in that important 20th-century philosopher’s thought.
March 11, 2021

The BEST: A Secular Age

Writing for the R. Sacks Bookshelves project, Chaim Strauchler examines points of intersection between Charles Taylor's "A Secular Age" and Sacks' lifelong work showing that “human beings are meaning-seeking animals, and the search for meaning is constitutive of our humanity, and religion is the greatest heritage of our meanings.”