New Periodical: Alei Etzion 17

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Volume 17 (Iyar 5772) of Alei Etzion:

  • A Eulogy For My Father by R. Yoel Amital – a moving eulogy for R. Yehuda Amital
  • The Legitimacy to Be Human in the Thought of Rav Amital by R. Amnon Bazak – R. Amital strongly believed in admitting and even embracing the frailty of humanity, a refreshing concept
  • Chillul ha-Shem Committed by the State by R. Yehuda Amital – A unique approach to the status of gentiles in a Jewish state. Namely, the state promised equal rights and is halakhically obligated to fulfill that promise. With plenty of proofs.
  • Allocating National Resources by R. Baruch Gigi – A fairly radical proposal that communal well-being overrides individual piku’ach nefesh. Strong article but I feel like something is missing that I can’t point to directly.
  • The Mitzvot of the Festivals by R. Aharon Lichtenstein – Answers a Sha’agas Aryeh by positing an additional element of simcha that defines a holiday. And specific mitzvos (matzah, sukkah) serve to establish the character of their respective holidays.
  • The Mitzva of Hadas: Myrtle or Leafy Branch? by R. Mosheh Lichtenstein – While the other three species are specific species, hadas includes anything that fulfills its description.
  • “An Eye for an Eye” by R. Yehuda Rock – Surveys the approaches to reconcile written and oral Torahs. Modifies slightly R. Mordechai Breuer’s approach to “an eye for an eye” to keep it methodologically pure and suggests this was the Rambam’s approach to the verse.
  • Between the Flood and the Covenant by Dr. David Neustadter – After the Flood, God tried to convince Noach and family to procreate, steadily progressing toward a covenant (rainbow).
  • Noach: The First Mitzva Observer by Norman Meskin – An analysis of the Flood story based on the idea that Noach was commanded (metzuveh ve-oseh).
  • In Memory of Marc Weinberg by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – A eulogy for a young man who must have been special given this eloquent address
  • Kol Mishbarkhe ve-Gallekha Alav Avaru: A Hesped for Marc Weinberg, A Dear Talmid and a Close Friend by R. Mosheh Lichtenstein – ditto, clearly very special

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. Is the new issue of Alei Etzion available online? I tried your link but that took me to the table of contents for a different issue.

  2. Scroll to the bottom

  3. Oops! The link actually took me a a page that contained the tables of contents for ALL the issues – including the new one!

    Sorry for the confusion.

    You might want to delete both of my comments.

  4. A unique approach to the status of gentiles in a Jewish state. Namely, the state promised equal rights and is halakhically obligated to fulfill that promise.

    Anything promised in 1948 is probably very right wing by today’s standards. I think few people in 1948 would agree that people who are actively trying to destroy you should be treated the same way as those who support you. Yet many today take for granted that Israel today must take that approach.

  5. shachar haamim

    I’m not sure that the proposal on allocating resources is so radical. There is probably a lot more that can be said on this issue and many more sources.
    E.g. the gemara which says that one can’t raise goats in E”Y even if someone needs the goat milk as a life saving nutrient. This is also an example of putting communal well being (i.e. a system of property rights) in front of individual pikuach nefesh.
    Or patent rights – for example Israel basically expropriates many military defense patents. why doesn’t it do the same for pharmaceutical patents? this is an example where the State has to draw lines for what is considered good for the community and communal structure and what can be done for saving lives.

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