Featured Essays

  • Survival and Fulfillment – Thoughts on Yom HaAtzma’ut

    Survival and Fulfillment – Thoughts on Yom HaAtzma’ut
    By Aharon Lichtenstein
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    by Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l  The Torah describes two journeys of aliya undertaken by Avraham to reach the land of Canaan. On the first journey, described at the end of Parashat Noach, Avraham sets out of his own free will: And they went out with them from Ur-Kasdim, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and dwelt there. (Bereishit 11:31) The second journey, described at the beginning of Parashat Lekh-Lekha, Avraham undertakes at God’s command: Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from […]

     
  • Yom Ha’atzmaut and the Poetic Man

    Yom Ha’atzmaut and the Poetic Man
    By Reuven Tradburks
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    by R. Reuven Tradburks In discussing the tefillot that are said or not said on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Rabbi Gil Student distinguishes between Messianic Zionists and Hopeful Zionists. While that distinction is accurate and valuable as a description of attitudes to Zionism, I think it is “shtayim sh’hem arba”, 2 that are really 4. In addition to Messianic Zionists and Hopeful Zionists, I would like to offer a distinction between those who view life as “Commanded Man” and “Poetic Man”. The establishment of the state of Israel and its continued flourishing […]

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Tazria-Metzora

    Vort from the Rav: Tazria-Metzora
    By Arnold Lustiger
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    Lev. 13:46: בָּדָד יֵשֵׁב he shall dwell isolated Many commentators have noted the similarities that exist between the requirements of a metzora, as outlined here, and those that apply to a mourner. Both must rend their garments and allow their hair to grow (compare Lev. 10:6 and 21:10), and just as a metzora must live in isolation outside his city, a mourner is confined to his home. At the same time, however, there is one crucial difference between the two observances. In the case of a metzora, there is a […]

     
  • Is the Yom Ha-Atzma’ut Liturgy for Everyone?

    Is the Yom Ha-Atzma’ut Liturgy for Everyone?
    By Gil Student
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    by R. Gil Student The additional prayers for Yom Ha-Atzma’ut are standard in Religious Zionist synagogues in Israel but much less so in America. I believe the reason reflects different ideological priorities outside of Israel, which can best be understood by examining the early documentation of the prayers’ origin. I. History The most comprehensive study of the origins of the Yom Ha-Atzma’ut liturgy is R. Shmuel Katz’s comprehensive article in the 3-volume series in honor of the seventieth anniversary of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate (Ha-Rabbanut Ha-Rashit Le-Yisrael: Shivim Shanah Le-Yisudah, […]

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Audio Roundup
    By Joel Rich
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    by Joel Rich “The halacha was firmly convinced that man is free and that he is master not only over his deeds but over his emotions as well”. Rabbi JB Soloveitchik. Do you agree that one can will one’s emotions? Do you think that Rabbi Soloveitchik was able to? ~ ~ ~ String Theory and the Scientific Method – Richard Dawd I was struck by this description of the debate between those who support and question string theory. Does it describe a debate much closer to the orthodox heart (or […]

     
  • Tradition Special Issue

    Tradition Special Issue
    By Gil Student
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    The latest issue of Tradition is a special issue exploring the thought and scholarship of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein. With his passing, all of the articles in this issue have been released for free. You can access them here: link Winter 2015 Issue 47.4 (FREE DOWNLOAD) GUEST EDITORS’ INTRODUCTION AN INTRODUCTORY BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF R. AHARON LICHTENSTEIN THE RELIGIOUS HUMANISM OF R. AHARON LICHTENSTEIN ON FRAGMENTARY JUDAISM: THE JEWISH “OTHER” AND THE WORLDVIEW OF R. DR. AHARON LICHTENSTEIN CANON AND COMPLEXITY DIVREI HA-RAV VE-DIVREI HA-TALMID VE-DIVREI HA-RAV: THE IMPACT OF RABBI […]

     
 
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    Aharon Lichtenstein (0)
    Survival and Fulfillment – Thoughts on Yom HaAtzma’ut

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    Reuven Tradburks (0)
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    by R. Reuven Tradburks In discussing the tefillot that are said or not said on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Rabbi Gil Student distinguishes...

     
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    Lev. 13:46: בָּדָד יֵשֵׁב he shall dwell isolated Many commentators have noted the similarities that exist between...

     
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    Jason Weiner (1)
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    by R. Jason Weiner When a Jew Requests Assisted Suicide: Towards a More Nuanced View of Euthanasia On the one hand, there...

     
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  • The State We Are In: The Missing Side of the State of Israel

    Aron White (0)
    The State We Are In: The Missing Side of the State of Israel

    by Aron White As the focus of the Jewish community moves towards Yom HaZikaron, Yom Haatzmaut and the State of Israel, I...

     
  • Good Enough?

    Erica Brown (1)
    Good Enough?

    by Dr. Erica Brown “You shall do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord…” Deuteronomy 6:18 This...