Recent Essays

  • Unusual Names in the Jewish Tradition

    Gil Student (5)
    Unusual Names in the Jewish Tradition

    by R. Gil Student Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (1)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich sometime ago I wondered whether Sanhedrin majority rule was a binyan av or exception based on the beit hillel/shamai...

     
  • What Does the Mishkan Mean?

    Gil Student (2)
    What Does the Mishkan Mean?

    by R. Gil Student My first extended interaction with Abarbanel, the great 15th-16th century biblical commentator, left me...

     
  • From the Archives of Tradition

    Gil Student (0)
    From the Archives of Tradition

    by R. Yitzchak Blau About half a century ago, the twin threats of Communist world domination and potential nuclear annihilation...

     
  • Who Decides On Big Issues?

    Gil Student (0)
    Who Decides On Big Issues?

    by R. Gil Student The Mishnah (Sanhedrin 32a) states that when a court adjudicates a capital case, a junior member of the...

     
  • New Periodical: Verapo Yerape V

    Gil Student (1)
    New Periodical: Verapo Yerape V

    A very impressive new volume of the Journal of Torah and Medicine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Synagogue and...

     
  • A New Zionism?

    Gil Student (1)
    A New Zionism?

    My grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, once said in my earshot that she didn’t understand why religious Jews keep waiting...

     
  • LaShem

    Gil Student (1)
    LaShem

    This catchy tune has been stuck in my head all day so I’m sharing: ...

     
  • Eicha – Ayeka

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    Eicha – Ayeka

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Yirmiyahu HaNavi begins Megillat Eicha lamenting about...

     
  • The Laws of Damages: A “Declaration of Human Rights”

    Elchanan Samet (0)
    The Laws of Damages: A “Declaration of Human Rights”

    by R. Elchanan Samet Two Agents of Damage After opening with the laws of Israelite indentured servants, Parashat Mishpatim...