The work of Moses Maimonides loomed large in the thought of the 20th-century sage Joseph B. Soloveitchik, both as a prism through which to understand talmudic law and as a model for reconciliation between Judaism and Western rationalism. Yet Soloveitchik’s published writings contain little analysis of Maimonides’ philosophical magnum opus, the Guide of the Perplexed. A new book, based on one student’s extensive notes on Soloveitchik’s lectures, has changed this. The volume’s editor, Lawrence Kaplan, comments on the rabbi’s solution to one thorny problem posed by Maimonidean thought. (Interview by Alan Brill.)
Did Maimonides Value Philosophical Knowledge over Jewish Law?
The Case against Returning to the Iran Deal
Since Joe Biden’s election to the presidency, supporters of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran—formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—have been advocating for the new administration to rejoin the agreement. Doing so would be a strategic mistake, argue Michael Oren and Yossi Klein Halevi: