New issue of Tradition (48:1, Spring 2015):
- “All For The Best”: A Modern Orthodox Man Who Fell Among Hasidim and the Urbach-Sanders Debate by R. Shalom Carmy – On the need to feel the divine presence, to acquire a language of day-to-day encounter with God
- “And Upon All the Gods of Egypt I Will Execute Judgment”: The Egyptian Deity in the Ten Plagues by Ira Friedman – Arguing that the Ten Plagues were aimed at the Egyptian deity Sekhmet, and through her to the entire pantheon
- Grape Juice: The Solution to Prohibition by Yaakov Weinstein – The historical debate over whether grape juice can be considered wine for religious purposes. Interesting that after a Conservative scholar rules leniently, the Orthodox rabbinic community generally refused to budge. It was only a generation later, when it was no longer a denominational issue, that leading Orthodox rabbis were willing to rule leniently.
- The Get of Zefat by R. J. David Bleich – An exhaustive critique of the widely reported divorce given on behalf of a man in an apparently vegetative state.
- An American Tale by R. Zev Eleff – Review of new histories of Reform and Conservative, and the implications for Orthodox readers.
- Communications – R. Eliezer Finkelman cautions R. Shalom Carmy about being too quick to draw communal boundaries. R. Carmy does not back down and writes an important response that despite “blurry borders,” there is still an “unmistakable abandonment of ikkarei emunah.” He adds that “in the present milieu the term ‘post-Orthodox’ seems to describe adequately the views of those who have relinquished Orthodoxy, who do not wish to mislead others, but who do not dissociate themselves from crucial elements in their Orthodox education.”