Tradition 45:2 (Winter 2012):
- The Lost Childhood of Doeg by R. Shalom Carmy – A call to condemn adult bullying and to stop glorifying bullies
- Ancient Sources, Modern Problems: A Methodological Analysis of Rashi’s Position on Brainstem Death by R. Daniel Reifman – A very technical article (by a doctoral candidate in hermeneutics) arguing that no proof can be brought from Rashi on brain death
- Unmasking an Odd-Sounding Purim Custom: A Theory by R. Akiva Males – Explains why some wear costumes on Purim, even containing rabbinic sha’atnez
- My Long Lonely Journey to the Rav by Yisrael Kashkin – A fabulous overview of Rav Soloveitchik’s importance to the thinking layman
- An Unorthodox Step Toward Revelation: Leon Kass on Genesis Revisited by R. Hayyim Angel – A nonbeliever’s commentary on Bereishis–similarities to insights of R. Jonathan Sacks and Rav Soloveitchik, original commentary and some flaws. Overall a very impressive effort by Kass.
- Seclusion Under Video Surveillance; The Paradox of R. Chanina ben Teradion by R. J. David Bleich – 1) The impact of video surveillance on the issur yichud (big leniency). 2) A survey of explanation of the apparent permission in Avodah Zarah 18b permitting euthanasia, ending with an original explanation.
- A Strictly Kosher Review by Dr. Erica Brown – Summarizes Dr. Yoel Finkelman’s study of Charedi literature, which we discussed long ago (link). Points out that, unlike the Modern Orthodox, at least the Charedim have literature supporting their ideology to analyze.
- The Greening of American Orthodox Judaism: Yavneh in the 1960s reviewed by R. Aaron Reichel – The remarkable student-led Torah revolution of Yavneh, which became a victim of its own success (discussed here – link).