From now until next September 6, we will be living in 5781 and 2021. Is that an accident, or is a deeper synchronicity at work?
The rabbi joins us to talk about the deeper theological meaning of the holiday through the lens of a fascinating essay by the Modern Orthodox thinker Joseph B. Soloveitchik.
The problem was not that the stars of the Hanukkah story were too heroic, but that they confused their military heroism for the capacity of communal leadership.
“It was one of the decisive events in human history. Never before had men been convinced, as they were then, that an idea was something to fight for and to die for.”
The author of our October essay joins us to talk about the sources of Jewish resilience, and to share his memories of the Six-Day War.
Awareness of tragedy and evil doesn’t necessarily engender vigor and resilience—it can just as plausibly nurture fatalism and a sense of helplessness.
North American synagogues experience these two purposes not as mutually reinforcing but as incongruous—which is why they’re in trouble.
In Israel and in traditional communities, life and liturgy don’t run away from hardship. Most American Jews prefer to think on the brighter side, but that comes at a high cost.