Why Hats are Wasted on the Young: An Essay in Practical Theodicy by R. Shalom Carmy – Not everything in life is a divine reward or punishment. This is NOT about the propriety of young men wearing black hats.
Yehuda Halevi and the Philosophical Use of Metaphor by Prof. Shubert Spero – Three examples of important philosophical ideas taught in the Kuzari through metaphor.
The Amida’s Biblical and Historical Roots: Some New Perspectives by Allen Friedman – The phrase “Elokei Avraham, Elokei Yitzchak Ve-lokei Ya’akov” represents a post-Second Temple destruction theological construct. Probably my ignorance but I assume early authorship unless proven otherwise and I don’t see the proof here.
American Orthodoxy’s Lukewarm Embrace of the Hirschian Legacy, 1850-1939 by R. Zev Eleff – The first of two essays showing that there were very few proponents of Hirschian philosophy.
The Propriety of Awarding a Nezikin Claim by Beit Din on Behalf of an Agunah by R. A. Yehuda Warburg – Argues that an agunah can sue her recalcitrant husband for civil damages due to his refusal to give her a get. According to most authorities, including R. Elyashiv, this is a valid claim and even according to those who disagree, the subsequent get is valid.
Resurrection and Personal Identity by R. J. David Bleich – A mixture of philosophy and halakhah on the issue of whether someone who comes back to life is the same person as before death. Practical ramifications include marital bonds and property ownership.
From the Pages of Tradition: Faigel Dem Rov’s by Joseph Foxman by Prof. Shnayer Z. Leiman – Heroic women’s Torah study in the Vilna ghetto.
Communications – R. Shmuel Jablon and R. Yitzchak Blau square off on the value of text message responsa (see this post: link).