November 14, 2021

PODCAST: Rabbi Lamm and the Spirit of the Rabbinate

The TRADITION Podcast explores Rabbi Norman Lamm’s energetic rabbinic leadership and his message and challenge to his rabbinic colleagues and students. Guests R. Menachem Penner and R. Benjamin Samuels chat with our editor R. Jeffrey Saks about their contributions to the recent “Rabbi Lamm Memorial Volume.”
November 11, 2021

The BEST: Survival in Auschwitz

In which “Squid Game” reminds our editor, Jeffrey Saks, of a more worthy exploration of how shockingly easily humanity can become degraded – Primo Levi’s remarkable work of incredible moral power, “Survival in Auschwitz,” in this week’s “The BEST.”
November 9, 2021


TRADITION is pleased to release our Fall 2021 issue (53:4)  – highlights include R. Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg zt”l in “Praise of Peshara”; Menachem Kellner reexamines the perils of laying claim to the Maimondean legacy; Chaim Saiman reviews new works on halakha and the Jewish State; Daniel Gordis on why nostalgia isn’t enough, and more. 
November 7, 2021

PODCAST: Family and Morality in Turbulent Times

In this episode of the TRADITION Podcast our editor R. Jeffrey Saks speaks with Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel about her contribution to our “Rabbi Norman Lamm memorial Volume” in which she assessed his writing, preaching, and teaching on the role of “Family and Morality in Turbulent Times.”
November 4, 2021

Reviewing Book Reviews

Revisit the many book reviews published in TRADITION and on TraditionOnline in the last half-year…
November 2, 2021

Reishit Tzemihat Ge’ulatanu: Then and Now

In our Rabbi Lamm Memorial Volume, Ari Berman revisited a 1973 public dialogue between R. Lamm and R. Shubert Spero about the messianic aspects of Zionism and the State of Israel. A near half-century on R. Spero is still thinking about these issues…
October 31, 2021

PODCAST: The Unrepentant Darshan

In this episode of the TRADITION Podcast our editor R. Jeffrey Saks speaks with Dr. Erica Brown and Prof. Ari Goldman about their contributions to the “Rabbi Norman Lamm Memorial Volume.” They each wrote about aspects of Rabbi Lamm’s written record as a self-styled “unrepentant darshan” one of the Jewish 20th century’s peerless rhetoricians, who turned the synagogue sermon into an art form and used the power of the pulpit to commutate an array of messages and educate his flock in a most impactful way. 
October 28, 2021

The BEST: The Screwtape Letters 

By turning vice on its head, C.S. Lewis’ brilliant satire, “The Screwtape Letters,” serves as an enduring guide to attaining virtue, explains Yakov S. Weinstein in this week’s “The BEST.”
October 26, 2021

REVIEW: Bound in the Bond of Life

Tomorrow, October 27, marks the third anniversary of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, which claimed the lives of 11 shulgoers. Sarah Rudolph remembers and reads “Bound in the Bond of Life” – a collection of essays by Pittsburgh writers on the tragedy which resonates with the “recurring theme of connection its most powerful element – connections between people, between ideas, within and between varying beliefs and worldviews, between experiences.”