A new journal, Dialogue, was recently sent to a broad mailing list and has been the talk of the town this past week. The journal claims to be a platform for “the intelligent, Torah-oriented discussion of important contemporary issues and ideas by writers who are both steeped in Torah knowledge and committed exclusively to its values.” The journal’s rabbinic board consists of R. Shlomo Miller, R. Aharon Feldman and R. Moshe Meiselman.
- Orthodox Feminism: Keeping the Conversation Honest by Eytan Kobre – Basically everything I’ve been saying about the deviations of the feminist left wing, but in a much nastier tone. Yes, I’m Miss Manners compared to the article’s tone. The author attacks Prof. Tamar Ross and R. Daniel Sperber without even naming them, although naming their books.
- A Question of Time by R. Moshe Meiselman – An attack on R. Natan Slifkin without naming him. This is adapted from a forthcoming book titled The Torah of Science, compared to R. Slifkin’s The Science of Torah. Very unsubtle. R. Meiselman says old things (the Flood messes up dating techniques and the laws of physics did not apply during the six days of Creation) with cosmetic changes to make it sound more learned and profound.
- The Media: A Modern Gathering of Straw by R. Jeremy Kagan – A great article about the internet’s negative impact on sustained and profound thought.
- Controversy of Contrivance: The Attempted Justification for Uncovered Married Women’s Hair by R. Yosef Wiener and R. Yosef Ifrah – Two kollel guys write a lengthy article to rehash old arguments against R. Michael Broyde’s article on womens’ haircoverings, using what I consider overly strong language. Frankly, I think it’s a mistake to dwell on this subject. At this point, you are only preaching to the choir and making R. Broyde more popular among his supporters. You aren’t convincing anyone who hasn’t already been convinced.
- Who Are the Chasidei Umos HaOlam? by R. Ze’ev Kraines – An attempt to clarify the complex and seemingly contradictory terminology that categorize different levels of observant gentiles within a Jewish worldview.
- The Nocturnal Sound of Torah Study by R. Moshe Einstadter – Why, as the Rambam writes, does a person gain most of his Torah knowledge by learning at night? A beautiful essay but I don’t think his answer — learning at night is unusual — explains why one acquires the majority of one’s learning at night.