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.”
October 25, 2021


As we mark the first yahrzeit of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l, celebrate his legacy by revisiting some of the special content TRADITION has produced this year, and read some of R. Sacks’ own contributions to our pages.
October 21, 2021

The BEST: The Art of War 

Can lessons from war be drawn to religious life? Chaim Strauchler connects the counter-intuitive wisdom of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" to Pirkei Avot and beyond in this week's “The BEST.”
October 18, 2021

Excavating the Thought of Rabbi Lamm

In our desire to assess the rich legacy of Rabbi Norman Lamm, TRADITION assembled a special memorial volume. The 35 essays consider the monumental record of R. Lamm’s writings in fields as varied as the man himself. Read the editor's introduction by Jeffrey Saks.
October 14, 2021

The BEST: Billy Joel’s “Vienna”

What lessons does Billy Joel’s song “Vienna” hold for our thinking about pursuing excellence in all realms? Isaac Selter hears in the song a teaching about balancing striving for dreams and aspirations along with trust in Divine help in this week’s “The BEST.”
October 11, 2021

REVIEW: Parshanei HaMikra

“Parshanei HaMikra,” a posthumous work by the late and lamented master teacher Dr. Avigail Rock, provides a broad historical perspective on biblical exegesis and makes the commentators come alive as sages who questioned and provided responses to spiritual dilemmas that occupy our minds and hearts until today. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble reviews….
October 7, 2021

The BEST: The Gettysburg Address 

Avi Narrow-Tilonsky writes on The Gettysburg Address for The BEST: “As religious Jews, dedicated to religious piety and knowledge, the Gettysburg Address can serve as a reminder of values which we share with others—a basic unifying morality and the need to refer to our history as a source for these values.”
October 6, 2021

Glimpsing the Infinite in the Microscopic

Dr. John Loike, Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler’s student and longtime collaborator on over 25 papers in medical halakha, shares reminiscences about his special experiences with him that provide a glimpse into the late rabbi as a Torah scholar, scientist, and posek.