June 17, 2021
In which a book about Zen and motorcycles is less about either of those and turns out to be more of a Musar work reminding us to aim for Quality in our life and service of God. Todd Berman reads a contemporary classic in this week’s the BEST.
June 14, 2021
Today, 4 Tammuz (June 14), marks the 850th yahrzeit of Rabbenu Tam. Pinchas Roth’s review of Rami Reiner’s new book draws our attention to important new scholarship on the interpretation, halakhic legacy, and controversies of a monumental figure whose rulings and readings continue to impact Jewish law until the present day.
June 13, 2021
June 10, 2021
June 8, 2021
The “road not taken” is an engaging framing device to animate the study of intellectual history. How would our community look different today if we had elevated alternative perspectives decades ago? David Wolkenfeld considers Modern Orthodoxy’s “fork in the road” moment and the contributions and legacy of Rabbi Yitz (Iriving) Greenberg.
June 7, 2021
June 3, 2021
Joe Kanofsky introduces us to the thought of Russian political philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, who serves as a model of the flaws in constraining the sweep of Jewish history to one philosophical or theological view.
June 1, 2021