New Periodical

New Periodical: Hakirah 18

Sorry this is overdue but this journal is big. Hakirah 18 (Winter 2014): Letters to the Editor – Prof. Marc Shapiro vs. Prof. Nathan Aviezer on Geocentrism, R. Dovid Sears vs. R. Hanan Balk on Kabbalistic views of gentile souls, debate over life-threatening status of birthing mother, and more Modern Orthodoxy and the Role of Science by R. Yitzchok Adlerstein, ...

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New Periodical: Verapo Yerape V

A very impressive new volume of the Journal of Torah and Medicine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Synagogue and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. I found every single article interesting: Signing a Death Certificate on Shabbat and Yom Tov by R. Asher Bush – To facilitate burial on the second day of Yom Tov (for those who ...

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New Periodical: Tradition Fall 2014

A 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 ...

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New Periodical: RJJ Journal LXVIII

New issue of The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society LXVIII (Succot 5775, Fall 2014): Letter From the Editor – R. Alfred Cohen, founding editor and steward of the journal for over 30 years, announces his retirement as editor. No hint of his successor. R. Cohen created a genre with this journal. He taught and inspired multiple generations of rabbis, ...

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New Periodical: Tradition Summer 2014

Tradition 47:2 (Summer 2014): Are We All Seminary Men? And The Foliage of Old Vilna by R. Shalom Carmy – On boundaries of Orthodoxy and honesty about oneself Autonomy and Its Discontents: A Meditation on Pahad Yitshak by Dr. Yaakov Elman – Tracing the Chasidic and Mussar roots of R. Yitzchak Hutner’s thought, particularly as it applies to autonomy versus ...

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New Periodical: Hakirah 17

Hakirah no. 17, Summer 2014: Letters to the Editor Review Essay: Torah, Chazal and Science by Dr. Nathan Aviezer – A review of R. Moshe Meiselman’s book Torah, Chazal & Science. Good critique of R. Meiselman’s science but little discussion of his interpretations of Rishonim. I hope to rectify that somewhat in my review forthcoming in Jewish Action. Modern Orthodoxy: ...

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New Periodical: Tradition 47:1

Recent 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 ...

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New Periodical: RJJ Journal LXVII

A recent issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, no. LXVII (Pesach 5774, Spring 2014): The Parent as a Patient: Polemics and Possibilities by R. Dr. Howard Apfel & R. Elchanan Poupko – A child may not cause a parent to bleed. Application of this law to medical procedures, injections, dentistry. Interesting distinction between Ashkenazim and Sephardim, the ...

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Critiquing Berkovits

A recent issue of the journal Shofar (31:4, Summer 2013) includes papers presented at a 2011 conference about the thought of R. Eliezer Berkovits. Not particularly familiar with R. Berkovits’ writings, I found the essays fascinating and somewhat surprising. Apparently he was even more radical than I understood, which explains why my education did not include him at all. Below ...

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Tradition Summer 2013

The new issue of Tradition 46:2 (Summer 2013) made me realize that the journal has lately included more practical halakhah. This is a very interesting and welcome development. Sensitive and nuanced discussions of Jewish law are important. “If You Want to Know the Law and Nothing Else” by R. Shalom Carmy – Rabbi Carmy’s column has become an incisive critique ...

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