October 1, 2021

“Synthetic” Biology of the Torah Variety

Torah and Madda, and their encounter with each other, have been elemental parts of Jewish life for centuries, but R. Moshe Tendler’s unique “synthesis” of the two into a compound structure had simply not previously existed in the natural world, says Dr. Eddie Reichman in an initial assessment of the late rabbi and scientist. Rabbi Tendler’s complete mastery of both science and Torah at the highest levels, bound in a cohesive double helix through exceptional skills of oratory, wisdom, wit and humor, represented a patentable entity.
September 30, 2021

PODCAST: R. Lamm Memorial Volume Book Launch

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September 30, 2021

The BEST: The Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun 

Ari M. Gordon writes for TraditionOnline’s The Best, “Our Jewish communities today stand to benefit from engagement with Ibn Khaldun’s civilizational theory — Materialism and individualism in our communities are challenging the Jewish value of sacrifice for God, community, and the greater good. 
September 23, 2021

R. Ahron Soloveichik: Reflections of a Talmid

Timed with the 20th yahrzeit of R. Ahron Soloveichik zt”l, his talmid Joshua Rudoff recalls his rebbe’s awe-inspiring efforts to spread Torah, despite the ravages his body had experienced through a debilitating stroke, and the transformative power of his teaching on master and disciples alike.
September 20, 2021

Simhat Beit HaSho’eva

The nights of Sukkot were celebrated in the Temple with song and dance in a celebration known as Simhat Beit HaSho’eva. Yakov Nagen argues that these celebrations and ceremonies are in fact a rededication of the Temple and a reenactment of events leading to the dedication of the First Temple by David and Solomon.
September 19, 2021

Hoshana Rabbah with R. Lamm at Rinat

Join Congregation Rinat Yisrael of Teaneck, NJ, for a special Tikkun Leyl Hoshana Rabbah remembering the legacy of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm z"l, and celebrating the publication of TRADITION's “Rabbi Lamm Memorial Volume.” Sunday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ZOOM.
September 14, 2021

Yom Kippur and the Roll of the Dice

The goral (casting of lots) takes a central role on Yom Kippur – from the method the high priest used to select which goat should be sent to the desert, to the sailors’ use of goral to determine that Jonah was the cause of the storm. Some think goral reveals a divine truth, but David Curwin presents another perspective in which the goral is actually a random role of the dice which allows us to achieve our spiritual goals for the holiest of days.
September 13, 2021

AUDIO EDITOR’S NOTE: Excavating the Thought of Rabbi Lamm

In this installment of the TRADITION Podcast we present an audio editor’s column with Rabbi Jeffrey Saks’ essay, “A Man of All Spirits: Excavating the Thought of Rabbi Lamm,” read by the author. This is the introductory essay in TRADITION’s recently released “Rabbi Norman Lamm Memorial Volume.”
September 9, 2021

The BEST: The Little Prince

The Melekh HaKadosh and the Little Prince: Chaim Strauchler writes on “The Little Prince” for The BEST. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry uses a children’s story to speak to adults about human pretension and the pursuit of life’s ultimate meaning. His insights into the connection between friendship and ritual serve the religious reader well, especially during the High Holiday “taming” season.