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Demystifying R. Eliezer Waldenberg on Sex Reassignment Surgery

Tzvi Sinensky carefully examines the Tzitz Eliezer’s view on sexual reassignment surgery.

The Instagram Rebranding of Taharat ha-Mishpahah

Recent years have seen dramatic changes in the packaging of Taharat ha-Mishpahah education on Instagram, from video reels to influencers to new, diverse online communities. Lindsey Bodner offers an astute, well-researched review of this new paradigm shift in Taharat ha-Mishpahah education today.

The Directional Shaking of the Lulav: Bible, Mysticism, and Religious Polemics

Yaakov Jaffe traces the origins and evolution of the custom to shake the lulav in different directions.

Ezrat Nashim: Notes on Halakhic Womanhood

Naima Hirsch Gelman provides three powerful poems exploring important themes in halakhic womanhood.

Letter to the Editor: Response to Leead Staller

Can Halakhah really countenance euthanasia? Alan Jotkowitz responds to Leead Staller

Eliezer Melamed, Unpredictable and Non-Tribal Posek: The Case of Women’s Roles

David Silverstein explores the recent attempts to ban Rav Eliezer Melamed and his already-classic Peninei Halakha.

The Dark Side of Torah u-Madda: Chaim Potok and Core-to-Core Cultural...

The debate about Torah u-Madda and pop culture continues. Noah Marlowe argues that Chaim Potok's literature offers a useful conceptual framework for, and embodiment of, a profound confrontation between Judaism and elite elements of general culture.

Revival of the Forgotten Talmud

Sefaria has recently published a new bilingual digital edition of Talmud Yerushalmi. Taking stock of this development, Zachary Rothblatt offers an erudite synthesis of the history of Yerushalmi.

A More Holistic Halakhic Approach to Vaccine Inequity

Alan Jotkowitz disagrees with Sharon Galper Grossman’s and Shamai Grossman’s halakhic argument that wealthy nations should provide booster shots to their own populations before contributing doses to poorer countries.

U-shemor Nafshekha: The Curious History of the (Supposed) Mitzvah to Maintain...

What does the Torah mean when it says to "guard your nefesh (soul)"? Lehrhaus editor David Fried reevaluates the common understanding of a Torah mandate for healthy living.