As the TRADITION editorial office closes for Passover, we leave you with these highlights from our 60+ years of archived essays (all freely accessible and searchable on our site). 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.
—Yitzchak Blau, On behalf of the TRADITION Editorial Board
Nachum Rabinovich zt”l outlines the halakhot of hametz and matza while also interpreting these mitzvot as conveying a balance between independence and subordination.
Chaim Shapiro contrasts Egyptian clergy with kohanim and the role of religion in Egyptian political structures with its role in traditional Jewish society.
Our esteemed editor emeritus, R. Emanuel Feldman, notes many parallels between the commandments of circumcision and Passover and attempts to explain their ongoing popularity amongst secular Jews.
Daniel Wolf reviews R. Soloveitchik’s Festival of Freedom, analyzing the role of the experiential in the Rav’s presentation including relating personal stories, sensory and aesthetic experiences, and encountering the divine.
Joshua H. Rabinowitz explains the prominence of Shabbat after the Exodus as teaching a new model of service rooted in imitatio Dei.
Hayyim Angel reviews R. Moshe Lichtenstein’s volume on Moshe. He explores the author’s use of midrashic method and analyzes the volume’s approach to Moshe’s maturation as a leader.
Yael Ziegler uses both traditional commentary and modern literary methodology to illustrate the tension in Moshe’s youth between his Egyptian and Jewish identities.
Norman Fredman explains how the Haggada both divides the plagues into five pairs and into three sets of three.
Ira Friedman explains the plagues as a theological polemic against the Egyptian God Sekhmet.
David H. Schwartz argues that the makkot break up into two groups of five and that the seemingly disparate events between the exodus and Sinai refer back to the plagues.