April 15, 2021

PODCAST: Rabbi Sacks Bookshelves Project

In this TRADITION Podcast authors from our R. Sacks Bookshelves Project discuss why R. Sacks read and quoted the books that he did and the role those works played in his leadership and philosophy. They look at some common themes emerging from the project and the optimistic view of humanity with which R. Sacks leaves us, his readers and disciples.
April 13, 2021

Halakhic Zionism? A New Text and Its Possible Implications

Does R. Soloveitchik’s newly published “Jewish Sovereignty and the Redemption of the Shekhina” (TRADITION, Winter 2021) provide a new data point in unraveling his views on the religious meaning of the State of Israel? Aton Holzer speculates…
April 11, 2021

Adding Hallel on Shabbat 5 Iyar

When the calendar date for the observance of Yom HaAtzmaut is changed how should we relate to the historical date of 5 Iyar, which falls on this upcoming Shabbat? Yaakov Jaffe advocates for additional Hallel.
April 8, 2021

The BEST: R. Sacks Bookshelves Project – A Closing Chapter

Chaim Strauchler looks back on TraditionOnline’s Rabbi Sacks Bookshelves Project, summing up the insights gained as we took a look at the array of writings in Jewish and general wisdom from which R. Sacks crafted his books, essays, and sermons.
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.