Recent Essays

  • Clouds of Galut

    Yair Kahn (0)
    Clouds of Galut

    by R. Yair Kahn I. Forgetting Yosef Our Sages said, “shivim panim la-Torah” - in other words, the Torah lends itself...

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Vayechi

    Arnold Lustiger (0)
    Vort from the Rav: Vayechi

    Gen. 50:10 וַיַּעַשׂ לְאָבִיו אֵבֶל שִׁבְעַת יָמִֽים- and he made for his father a mourning...

     
  • Did Yaakov Die?

    Gil Student (3)
    Did Yaakov Die?

    The Gemara (Ta’anis 5a) says that Ya’akov did not die because Gen. 49:33 does not use the word “die”: And...

     
  • Rav Soloveitchik on the Proper Response to Resurgent Anti-Semitism II

    Basil Herring (0)
    Rav Soloveitchik on the Proper Response to Resurgent Anti-Semitism II

    We saw the Moon in the Morning in the East, but in the Evening in the West: On the Destiny of Contemporary Jews and Judaism:...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (1)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich In “Virtually Human”, Dr. Martine Rothblatt posits the ability to create mindclones (cyberconscious replicas...

     
  • Rav Soloveitchik on the Proper Response to Resurgent Anti-Semitism

    Basil Herring (0)
    Rav Soloveitchik on the Proper Response to Resurgent Anti-Semitism

    We saw the Moon in the Morning in the East, but in the Evening in the West: On the Destiny of Contemporary Jews and Judaism:...

     
  • The Septuagint

    Henry Abramson (2)
    The Septuagint

    The Septuagint, an ancient translation of the Torah into Koine Greek, had a tremendous impact on the later Christian understanding...

     
  • Tolkien and the Jews

    Jeffrey Saks (1)
    Tolkien and the Jews

    by R. Jeffrey Saks With the recent release of the final Hobbit movie, we are republishing this 2013 essay With the release...

     
  • Why It’s Easy to Fear Hashem; And Why It’s Hard

    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    Why It’s Easy to Fear Hashem; And Why It’s Hard

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Fear of God, Devarim 10:12 implies, is simple. Forget that we find it hard. Ran adduces verses (such...

     
  • Changing the Tune for the Third Chapter of Eicha

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    Changing the Tune for the Third Chapter of Eicha

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler There is a prevalent custom where the reader of Megillat...