The new issue of Tradition 43:4 (Winter 2010) has arrived.
- Tradition and Modernity in the House of Study: Reconsidering the Relationship Between the Conceptual and Critical Methods of Studying Talmud by R. David C. Flatto – A passionate argument to combine lomdus and academic study of the Talmud, openly (and refreshingly) admitting the problems and dangers involved.
- Cold Fury, Hidden Face, The Jealousy of Israel: Two Kinds of Religious Estrangement in the Torah by R. Shalom Carmy – Comparing and contrasting the blessings and curses in Lev. 26/Deut. 28 with the song of Haazinu (Deut. 32).
- Grief and Joy in the Writings of Rabbi Soloveitchik by Alex Sztuden – Part 1 of this extensive study. No relation to me despite the similar last names, although we did meet in YU.
- Alarm Systems in by R. Moshe Kletenik – “In conclusion, if an alarm system is turned off, but walking through a doorway or into an area with motion sensors will cause an electrical impulse to be generated, it is permitted on Shabbat to walk through the doorway if the light is and LED light. If the light is an incandescent light, it is permitted to walk through the door if the panel is out of view, or if the light is covered, so that there is no benefit derived from the light’s illumination.”
- Hashkafic Divergence in Contemporary Orthodoxy: Nekudat ha-Mahloket by R. Howard Apfel – A discussion of two approaches to one’s fate — activism and passivism — and application to a variety of personal decisions including earning a living and using a doctor.
- From the Pages of Tradition: Rabbi Ezekiel Landau – Letter of Reconciliation by Dr. Shnayer Z. Leiman – The Noda Bi-Yehudah’s letter that calmed the Emden-Eybeschutz controversy.
- Communications by Sara Wolkenfeld and R. Shlomo Spiro – My much younger childhood neighbor makes it into the pages of Tradition before I do, questioning whether tumas nidah represents a negative phenomenon.