New Periodical: Tradition 47:1

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Tradition 47.1Recent issue of Tradition, 47:1 (Spring 2014):

  • “A Pistol Shot in the Middle of a Concert”–And a Shocking Statement of R. Kook by R. Shalom Carmy – Should rabbis take political stands? If they do, they should do it sensitively.
  • How to Tell of the Exodus from Egypt: From the Individual to the Divine Perspective by Dr. Hillel J. Chiel – A midrashic-philosophical examination of Rambam’s view of the mitzvah to teach about the Exodus on Pesach night.
  • The Balanced Path and the Path of Asceticism: The Unity of Maimonides’ Ethics by Dr. Aviram Ravitsky – Exploring Rambam’s complex theory of moral virtue.
  • “A Man Takes Precedence Over A Woman When It Comes To Saving A Life”: The Modern Dilemma of Triage from a Halakhic and Ethical Perspective by Dr. Alan Jotkowitz – A survey of twentieth century rabbis on the subject.
  • Treasure Trove and Kinyan Hazer by R. J. David Bleich – If you find money in a desk you buy, are you obligated to return it (or is returning it just a pious act)? Machlokes, and therefor the finder can say “kim li” and keep it.
  • Contemporary Trends in Bible Scholarship of Chronicles and Kings by R. Yaakov Beasley – Review of two books by R. Hayyim Angel, praising but critical.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He 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.

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