Star-Spangled Synagogue: Do National Flags Belong in Our Houses of Worship?
On this flag day, Moshe Kurtz surveys the arguments for and against displaying national flags in synagogues.
Renew Our Days as Days of Old
On Yom Ha'atzmaut, Zach Truboff reflects on Rav Shagar's insistence that the Israeli present must be rooted in the past, and explores the redemptive power of Torah as an answer for modernity.
A Prehistory of Rav Kook
What can we learn from Rav Kook's writings before he immigrated to the land of Israel? As Yom Ha-Atzma'ut approaches, Levi Morrow reviews Yehuda Mirsky's new prehistory of Rav Kook.
Jewish Anarchism: The Forgotten Legacy of Orthodoxy’s Radical Politics
In an enlightening new essay, Ilan Fuchs reviews Hayyim Rothman's recent book, No Masters but God: Portraits of Anarcho-Judaism, and uncovers what some of the most radical 19th century Orthodox political thinkers had to say about religion, statehood, and Jewish utopia.
Letters to the Editor: More on Shadal and Modern Orthodox Outreach
The back-and-forth about Shadal and Modern Orthodox kiruv continues. Here are letters to the editor by Daniel Klein and Simon Levy.
Can We Cancel Tishah Be-Av? The “Four Fasts” in Light of the...
Shimshon Nadel examines the question of whether we should continue to fast on Tishah Be-Av in light of the existence of the Modern State of Israel.
Celebration and Exploration: Why Good Israel Education Needs Both
In this timely essay, Noam Weissman of OpenDor Media argues for a form of Israel education that tackles challenging topics in Israel’s history.
“Do Not Summarize Me on Wikipedia.” The Thought of Hanan Ben...
Natan Oliff analyzes the deep philosophical messages in the music of Israeli singer Hanan Ben Ari.
The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: A Review of Alexander Kaye’s New...
What motivated the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Herzog, to work tirelessly on the seemingly quixotic project of running the modern State of Israel on the basis of Halakhah? Reviewing Alexandar Kaye's new book on the subject, Rabbi Shalom Carmy explains.
Reclaiming Lag ba-Omer
Rav Ronen Neuwirth suggests that the strictures of social distancing enable us to reduce this year's Lag BaOmer bonfires - which he sees as a very good thing.