Articles by Matt Lubin

Halakhic Morality and the Halakhic Personality: a Review of “By His Light: Character and Values in the Service of God”

Reviewed Book: Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, By His Light: Character and Values in the Service of God. Edited by Rabbi Reuven Ziegler (Maggid Books, 2016) On the morning of April 20, 2015, upon hearing the news that Rav Aharon Lichtenstein had passed away, I began sobbing uncontrollably for a solid ... Read more →

Bricks and Stones: On Man’s Subdual of Nature

Like so many of the stories that make up the first sections of Bereshit, the Torah’s account of the Babylonian bricklayers, builders of the “Tower of Babel,” is extraordinarily cryptic. Interpretations abound, and one would not be hard-pressed to find many varied explanations of this ... Read more →

(Where) Have All the Theologians Gone? Some Reflection on the Contemporary State of Orthodox Theology

Miriam Shaviv, in a review of Marc Shapiro’s “Limits of Orthodox Theology,” provocatively states that his book proves that, for the Jewish intellectual landscape, “the need is not only for theological discussions, but for theology. Both are sadly lacking.”[i] Whether or not this is an ... Read more →