August 26, 2019

Chosenness as a Pedagogical Disturbance

As a long-time teacher of Judaic studies who has tended to emphasize the moral vectors in the material that I present, I read Erica Brown’s essay, […]
August 23, 2019

The BEST: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

The BEST Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Rafi Eis Summary: Haidt explains why we fight over religion and […]
August 19, 2019

Reconsidering “Rupture and Reconstruction”

“Zealous to continue traditional Judaism unimpaired, [today’s] religious Jews seek to ground their new emerging spirituality less on a now unattainable intimacy with Him, than on […]
August 19, 2019

Communications: Hukkim & Aggadot

To the Editor: Menachem Schrader presents a very thoughtful analysis of the changing definition of hokin his article “What is a Hok?” (Tradition 51:2, Spring 2019), noting that different […]
August 15, 2019

The BEST: “Getting to Yes” and “You Can Negotiate Anything”

The BEST Robert Fisher and William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In and Herb Cohen, You Can Negotiate Anything Chaim Strauchler Summary: In […]
August 14, 2019

A Memphian in Hebron: 90 Years Since the 1929 Massacre

This Monday, 18th of Av (August 19, 2019) will mark 90 years since the Hebron Massacre of 1929, part of a wave of riots that swept […]
August 8, 2019

The BEST: Masterpiece Comics by R. Sikoryak

The BEST Masterpiece Comics Uri C. Cohen Masterpiece Comics by R. Sikoryak Summary: Twelve classics of world literature are illustrated in the style of a well-known […]
August 6, 2019

Communications: Rabbinic Behavior; Rav Hutner and Determinism

To the Editor: One line in Dr. Sharon Galper Grossman’s article “Resolving the Debate Over Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination for Cancer Prevention in the Religious […]
August 1, 2019

The BEST – Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

The BEST Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Length: 263 pages (plus endnotes) Yitzchak Blau Summary: Modern medicine has significantly extending […]
July 29, 2019

Response to Chaim Waxman

To the Editor: I appreciated Prof. Chaim I. Waxman’s fascinating review of his important research on American Modern Orthodoxy conducted in the mid-1970s (“Looking Backward: Modern […]