JEWISH LAW AS A JOURNEY: FINDING MEANING IN DAILY JEWISH PRACTICE

JEWISH LAW AS A JOURNEY: FINDING MEANING IN DAILY JEWISH PRACTICE by Rabbi David Silverstein, Menorah Books (2017) Over the past three years I have reviewed over 100 Jewish books and I can say with absolute honesty that I have drawn wisdom and understanding from them all. However, I must admit that I do not … More JEWISH LAW AS A JOURNEY: FINDING MEANING IN DAILY JEWISH PRACTICE

BEGINNINGS: THE KABBALISTIC HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION by Rabbi Yaacov Haber

BEGINNINGS: THE KABBALISTIC HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION by Rabbi Yaacov Haber (Mosaica Press, 2018) Many years ago I read a fascinating article written by Alfred Jospe in 1965 exploring why Jews in general, and specifically college aged Jews, seem to disconnect from their heritage. As he explains, it is at that age that the sophistication of … More BEGINNINGS: THE KABBALISTIC HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION by Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Airport Lights

By Yaacov David Shulman CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017 126 pages (nb. This review was featured in Jewish Action Fall 2018 and can be read here). Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935), best known as the first chief rabbi of pre-state Israel, was a truly unique Talmudist, halachist, mystic, poet and Jewish thinker. As chief rabbi, … More Airport Lights

JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING

JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING by Rabbi Jason Weiner  (Urim, 2017) It takes considerable skill to write a book about modern medicine, and even greater skill to explain how halakha (Jewish law) responds to the dilemmas generated by modern medicine. Still, even those with the requisite knowledge of medicine and Jewish law may struggle to … More JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING

SEFER NISHMAT HABAYIT

I. Introduction Over many years I have developed a great passion towards the study of contemporary halakhah – and specifically – towards contemporary She’elot U’Teshuvot (responsa literature). This is due to the fact that while codified halakhah is often recorded by the author ‘after examining the halakhic materials from a theoretical point of view’[1], responsa … More SEFER NISHMAT HABAYIT

SH’UT YISHREI LEV

SH’UT YISHREI LEV by HaRav Yonatan (Yoni) Rosensweig Introduction Responsa – or in hebrew, She’elot U’Teshuvot – are unique texts whose questions, no less than their answers, shine a light on halakhic trends and challenges in the Jewish world. As David Ellenson observes, they are ‘the crossroads where text and context meet in the ongoing … More SH’UT YISHREI LEV

FAITH WITHOUT FEAR

FAITH WITHOUT FEAR: UNRESOLVED ISSUES IN MODERN ORTHODOXY by Michael J. Harris (Vallentine Mitchell, 2016) Rabbi Dr Michael Harris, whom I have the privilege of knowing, is a Modern Orthodox ‘academically-informed rabbi’ who has recently written a compelling, scholarly, yet lucid presentation exploring some of the most important issues facing Modern Orthodoxy today. In Faith … More FAITH WITHOUT FEAR