Letter to the Editor: Response to Ben Greenfield on the Forefathers’...
In his letter to the editor, Gershon Klapper draws upon three medieval sources that undermine Ben Greenfield's recent reading of the Zohar on the three attributes of the Avot.
Hesed, Gevurah, and Emet: Do These Attributes Actually Describe our Forefathers?
Ben Greenfield explains that the attributes commonly associated with our forefathers are not attributes at which they excelled, but rather attributes with which they struggled.
Building on ideas from Jacques Lacan and Rabbeinu Bahya ibn Pakuda, Zach Truboff offers an innovative psychological reading of the Cain and Abel story.
Guilt and Shame Cultures in the Thought of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Marc Eichenbaum explores the idea of guilt and shame cultures in the thought of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"tl, which provides a novel interpretation of Torah and a powerful lesson for contemporary society.
Isaac, the Eternal Optimist
Isaac occupies the middle position among the three Patriarchs. Gavriel Lakser offers a novel reading of his character that portrays Isaac as a uniquely relatable figure for our times.
A Pediatric Akeidah
Chaim Trachtman sees the Akeida as addressing the threat to human life, especially that of children, which is always inherent in the religious experience.
In God We Trust or Do We? The Fears of Isaac...
Meshulam Gotlieb analyzes a midrash on Jacob's ladder dream to understand Jacob's lifelong fear, how he became so fearful and how it affected his life.
The Voice and the Sword: A Meta-Narrative in Rashi
Dan Jutan locates a fascinating meta-narrative within Rashi's commentary.
Peshat and Beyond: How the Hasidic Masters Read the Torah
Batya Hefter uses the case of Isaac to illuminate how hasidic masters read the Bible.
Reclaiming the Akeidah from Kierkegaard
David Fried offers a novel reading of the Akeidah.
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