Jewish Thought and History

Jewish Thought and History

Rav Kook

The Hasidism of Rav Kook

With newly found material, Bezalel Naor places Rav Kook's Hasidut into historical and literary context.

Hasidim and Academics Debate a Rebbe’s Faith during the Holocaust (on Facebook, of all...

Henry Abramson debates Shaul Magid on the faith of the Aish Kodesh.

A Religion Without Visual Art? The Rav and the Myth of Jewish Art

If Kant or Hegel had read Rambam or the Shulhan Arukh, they might have known that Jewish law does not actually proscribe the creation of images. But that was not the way of history. It is important to reclaim visual culture and aesthetics for religious Judaism so that beauty can be allowed to inspire halakhically bound actions, to color worship, and give meaning to our rituals.

The Development of Neo-Hasidism: Echoes and Repercussions Part I: Introduction, Hillel Zeitlin, and Martin...

In part one of this series, Ariel Mayse provides an introduction to the history of neo-hasidism, through the voices of Hillel Zeitlin and Martin Buber.

The Source of Faith is Faith Alone

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld explores the meaning of faith in this review of Rabbi Chaim Jachter's Reason to Believe

An Alternate View on Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Academic Talmud Study

Lawrence Kaplan In his recent Lehrhaus essay “Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein and Academic Talmud Study,” Professor Avraham (Rami) Reiner proves himself to be a genuine disciple...

Israel’s Light: A Response to Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

Rafi Eis responds to Meir Soloveichik on the role of Jews and Judaism in today's political climate.

Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht and His Unintentional Revolution in Yavneh

Shlomo Abramovich explores the relationship and tensions between KBY and its founding rosh yeshiva.

Reclaiming the Akeidah from Kierkegaard

David Fried offers a novel reading of the Akeidah.

Mysticism and its Alternatives: Rethinking Maimonides

David Fried forwards the surprising thesis that Maimonides was a medieval mystic.

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