January 24, 2021
The world of Jewish studies is experiencing a “Gershom Scholem Moment” with a slew of books and studies published on the life and legacy of the path-breaking Kabbalah scholar. Zvi Leshem suggests that understanding this phenomenon can help us understand some major trends in contemporary Orthodoxy.
January 21, 2021
Daniel Rynhold shows how R. Sacks identified collective structures such as religious traditions as that which creates social meanings giving reasons to pursue one course over another. In doing so R. Sacks restores the link between ethics and reason, reading against a classic essay by philosopher A.J. Ayer – This week in “The Rabbi Sacks Bookshelves Project.”
January 20, 2021
Daniel Friedman and Chaim Strauchler discuss Richard Niebuhr’s classical essay, "The Idea of Covenant in American Democracy,” asking what it implies for the universal value of civil society, and consider ts particular resonance for the current political moment as filtered through the writings of R. Sacks.
January 18, 2021
January 14, 2021
Daniel Friedman reads H. Richard Niebuhr’s classical essay, asking what it implies for the universal value of civil society – a new entry in the R. Sacks Bookshelves Project, presented in cooperation with the London School of Jewish Studies.
January 13, 2021
January 13, 2021
January 11, 2021
Hayyim Angel reviews Yoel Elitzur's new "Places in the Parsha" and shows how the book allows anyone to "le-tayel im a ha-Tanakh" even if you can't leave your home. Bonus content: Download excerpted chapter for this week's parasha.
January 7, 2021
As much as the biblical telling of the Israelites’ “long walk to freedom” may have inspired Nelson Mandela, his life and accomplishments inspired Jonathan Sacks – Daniel Rose explains in this week’s R. Sacks Bookshelves Project.