May 11, 2023

Fall 2022 Open Access

TRADITION's #54:4 (Fall 2022) issue is now open access and offers plenty to keep you busy while waiting for our next issue to arrive once you become a subscriber (when you'll no longer have to wait a single day for full access to all our new content).
May 7, 2023

REVIEW: Across the Expanse of Jewish Thought

Hillel Goldberg’s "Across the Expanse of Jewish Thought" is characterized by breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding, alongside passionate involvement in his subjects and precision of analysis. In reviewing the book, Jeffrey Woolf demonstrates how Goldberg enlists his talents as a journalist in making his discussions understandable to the intelligent layperson, without sacrificing a whit of the sophistication and integrity of his presentation. 
May 4, 2023


What can a mysterious item pulled from a Lakewood online auction site teach about growing wealth in American Orthodox life today? Chaim Strauchler offers a suggestion based on conversations from the TRADITION Today Summit on material success and its challenges.
May 2, 2023

PODCAST: The Rav’s Enduring Pedagogical Relevance

Three decades following the passing of the Rav his legacy endures and his teachings still inspire – but how do we communicate his Torah to a generation “which did not know Yosef” (R. Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik, that is)? Mali Brosky’s recent TRADITION essay “The Rav’s Enduring Pedagogical Relevance” takes up this challenge. She recently discussed her essay on the podcast she co-hosts, RZ Weekly, which graciously offered to share the episode with listeners of the TRADITION Podcast.
April 30, 2023

In Memoriam: Rebbetzin Bruria David

With the passing of Rebbetzin Bruria David (1938-2023) z"l, the renowned educator, we lose a model of commitment to teaching, to students, and to scholarship. Her lifelong friend, Judith Bleich, shares memories and helps us appreciate Rebbetzin David and her legacy.
April 28, 2023

TRADITION Today Summit: Material Success and Its Challenges 

On April 23, 2023, TRADITION and the Rabbinical Council of America convened our first TRADITION Today Summit exploring “Material Success and Its Challenges.” With the aim of helping to shape a larger communal conversation on these topics, content generated at and by the conference will be made available to the public from within the pages of the journal and on our other media platforms – in the meantime read more about the program now.
April 27, 2023

Alt+SHIFT: Minhat Hinukh Scholarship

Michal Tikochinsky’s book on the important 19th-century rabbinic work Minhat Hinukh fills in a gap in academic Jewish scholarship, and offers a sweeping portrait of a work much treasured in the beit midrash. Yitzchak Blau returns with Alt+Shift, helping the Anglo sphere to gain insight into worthwhile material available only in Hebrew.
April 23, 2023

REVIEW: The Souls of the World of Chaos

Originally published in 1913, Rav Kook’s short essay “The Souls of the World of Chaos” was a response to the young Russian Jewish immigrants to Eretz Yisrael, those ideological pioneers espousing socialism while rebelling against religious tradition—“a young generation who, in their wild idealism and relentless search for unbridled freedom, had thrown off what they perceived as the shackles of religion.” Steven Gotlib introduces us to Bezalel Naor’s edition of this important essay—Naor’s latest installment in his growing body of elucidated translations of Rav Kook’s writing.
April 20, 2023

TRADITION QUESTIONS: Orthodox Influencers’ Influence

“Tradition Questions” returns with Zissy Turner’s influential inquiry into Orthodox “Influencers.” What is gained and lost with the cadre of social media mavens, mainly women, to whom large swaths of our community have granted influence?