Issue 7.5: Privacy


Editor’s Thoughts: Facing the End: Personal Closure and the Universal Perspective

We have commenced! Well, some of us have anyways. The term ‘commencement’ is, at face value, counter-intuitive. To commence is to begin something new. It is the start of some fresh undertaking. In truth we have not commenced, but completed a process. One which began years ago upon admission ... Read more →

“And Isaac Brought Rebecca into the Tent”: A Patriarch’s Plea for Privacy

When the Midianite prophet Balaam attempts to curse the Israelites in the wilderness, Hashem frustrates his plans so that blessings issue forth instead. The elevated language and vague eschatological references which characterize these blessings render them notoriously difficult to decipher. ... Read more →

Caught Between Two Worlds: A Study of the Intellectual Spiritual Biography of Rav Kook

Reviewed Book: Yehuda Mirsky, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014)   Since his death in 1935, the works of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook have had a major impact upon intellectual and sociopolitical life in Israel. The cryptic and poetic Hebrew ... Read more →

Mamzerim: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

In 1912, Shai Agnon, the famous Israeli Nobel laureate in literature, wrote his first short novel “And the Crooked Shall Be Made Straight”. In this novella, Agnon writes of a man known as Menashe, who becomes reduced to poverty after his livelihood is taken away from him. Facing no other ... Read more →