New Periodical: Tradition Fall 2014

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imageA great new issue of Tradition 47:3 (Fall 2014):

  • Is Sophocles Literature? Is Anything Not? On the Way to Ramban by R. Shalom Carmy – An argument for the need to analyze the Bible as literature but an important corrective to superficial or irreverent study.
  • A Brief of Overview of Some of the Issues Related to the Hetter Mekhira by R. Daniel Z. Feldman – If you are only going to read one article on Heter Mekhirah, it should be this. A clear and thorough presentation of the different arguments with thorough footnotes.
  • The Propriety of a Conditional Divorce by R. A. Yehuda Warburg – Contemporary debate over whether a husband may give a get on condition. This is cutting-edge practical halakhah with very interesting citations from the files of Israeli batei din.
  • Pouring Out Your Heart: Rabbi Nachman’s Hitbodedut and its Piaseczner Reverberations by R. Dr. Zvi Leshem – Finds a surprising connection between these two thinkers, even though the Piaseczner never quotes Rav Nachman.
  • Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Evolution by R. Dr. Hillel Goldberg – An exciting, enticing review of R. Yehuda Mirsky’s biography of Rav Kook.
  • Faith and Scholarship Can Walk Together: Rav Amnon Bazak on the Challenges of Academic Bible Study in Traditional Learning by R. Hayyim Angel – An issue-by-issue overview of how to be faithful and even thrive in the face of biblical criticism and related studies. Especially important in emphasizing the limits of traditional Jewish belief.
  • Communications – R. Yehuda Herzl Henkin, R. Henry Hasson, R. Heshie Billet and Rs. Aryeh and Dov Frimer on Partnership Minyanim. R. A. Yehudah Warburg with a follow-up on a prior proposal, discarding it as legally unenforceable.

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 and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance 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.

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