A blockbuster issue of Tradition (45:1, Spring 2012) has been published:
- The One Thing That Money Can’t Buy by R. Shalom Carmy, Avi Woolf and R. Yitzchak Blau – Avi Woolf’s guest post on this blog on Modern Orthodoxy and fun (link), in response to an article by R. Yitzchak Blau, gave rise to this discussion on the subject in the pages of Tradition. R. Shalom Carmy’s hilarious intellectual humor makes a surprisingly strong appearance in this exchange on “kosher” (both religiously and intellectually) forms of fun.
- The World of Women’s Torah Learning–Developments, Directions and Objectives: A Report from the Field by Esti Rosenberg – Rav Soloveitchik’s granddaughter (via the Lichtenstein branch) and a pioneer of women’s Gemara learning reports on the current state of the field. Eye-opening to me (when I first saw the article at the Orthodox Forum two years ago), although Matan’s recent closing changes the facts somewhat. I’m not sure that these developments are “good for the Jews” but it’s always good to know what is going on.
- Harnessing the Authority of Beit Din to Deal with Cases of Domestic Violence by R. A. Yehuda Warburg – A very important article (which we briefly discussed here: link) about how battei din evaluate and respond to cases of spousal or child abuse, particularly what prohibitions they bring to bear and what types of evidence they accept. Serves as a refutation of claims that children cannot testify about abuse.
- The Methodology of Creativity: A Review of Rav Yaakov Medan’s Contribution to the Modern Study of Tanakh by R. Yaakov Beasley – A fascinating and careful analysis of R. Medan’s unique approach to peshat via midrash. Many examples of multiple aspects and a few criticisms.
- Seeking the Keys to the Palace Gates: Rabbi Moshe Shamah’s Commentary on the Torah by R. Hayyim Angel – A review of R. Moshe Shamah’s unique commentary to the Torah. The commentary takes a serious look at peshat but explicitly and repeatedly deviates from an assumption of Mosaic transmission of the text. Ironically, R. Ovadiah Yosef published a teshuvah defending R. Shamah from accusations of heresy on other issues. I doubt R. Yosef would defend this belief.
- Substitution of Lottery Tickets & Products Liability by R. J. David Bleich – A complex analysis of a case of lottery tickets, disagreeing with a theory attributed to R. Meir Simcha Hacohen. And sides with Maharsham against the editor of his responsa and R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that there is no halakhic concept of products liability, at least in the case under discussion.
- Communications – My letter (based on this post) defending R. Jonathan Sacks and Dr. Alan Jotkowitz’s response which I don’t think adequately answered my challenge.