There is a great new issue of Tradition, 44:1, Spring 2011 (link):
- The Litvaks’ Buried Treasure: Further Thoughts on the Dictum “The Holier the Feeling, the More Intimate” by R. Shalom Carmy – A critique of touchy-feely Judaism and the public emotionalism that many see as true Judaism
- Death in the Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik by Prof. Gerald J. (Yaakov) Blidstein – The negative attitudes and positive uses of death, such as “teach[ing] man to transcend his physical self and to identify with the timeless covenantal community” and recognizing “the redemption effected by returning my existence to its owner”. Surprised he did not connect “death is the price of renewal and enrichment” with Avodah Zarah 5a that if the generation of the desert had not sinned and died, we would be irrelevant.
- The Practice of Gender Separation on Buses in the Ultra-Orthodox Community in Israel: A View from the Liberal Cathedral by R. A. Yehuda Warburg – Noting the conflict between liberalism and multi-culturalism, calls for the latter to dominate. In other words, we should respect Charedim’s desire to separate genders on buses.
- Asymptotically Approaching God: Kedusha in the Thought of Ramban by Daniel Schreiber – Yeshiva-style analysis of the Ramban and super-commentators, written in academic style and with academic thoroughness. (Mentions one of my articles.)
- Bringing the Prophets to Life: Rabbi Binyamin Lau’s Study of Jeremiah by R. Hayyim Angel – Book review, somewhat critical due to limited use of classical commentators and some questionable assumptions and interpretations.
- Piscatorial Parasites by R. J. David Bleich – Lengthy analysis of Anisakis-infested fish (concludes we should be strict). Surprising that his science does not seem up-to-date, at least from what I understand, and he does not address R. Yisrael Belsky’s main reason to be lenient – his original explanation of “mineih ka-gavli“.
- Communications – R. Chaim Jachter and R. David Mescheloff debate the extent of rabbinic support for prenuptial agreements. R. Shubert Spero critiques R. Nati Helfgot’s article about Avraham and Gideon.