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These Days

In Exile, At Home

Haim Watzman •

9 min read

A story, inspired by Rav Shagar's teachings, about whether one can both mourn and rejoice in the Sukkah. It

Sukkot: Dwelling In the Shade of Faith

Zachary Truboff •

7 min read

This essay explores Rav Shagar's experience during the Yom Kippur War and how it contributed to his understanding of

The Enduring Nature of Love

Zachary Truboff •

15 min read

Reflections on Rav Kook’s writings on love as it manifests toward God, our fellow Jews, and humanity as a

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Windows Into the Thought of Rav Shagar

Meaning and Language in Rav Shagar’s Approach to Talmud Study

Levi Morrow •

4 min read

What are we looking for when we're studying Talmud? personal meaning or talmudic language?

You Can Go Home Again

Zachary Truboff •

50 min read

On the centrality of Baitiut in the thought of Rav Shagar, and our ability to feel at home with

Dialogues on Rav Shagar’s writings: Introduction

Ari Ze’ev Schwartz •

2 min read

One of the main goals of these dialogues is to translate Rav Shagar’s writings into the language of the

Rav Shagar: Studying Torah as a Quest for God

Ari Ze’ev Schwartz and Levi Morrow •

15 min read

Rav Shagar believed that Torah study should be a spiritual and meaningful experience, one that transforms the student's life.

Rav Shagar on Teshuvah

Ari Ze’ev Schwartz and Levi Morrow •

25 min read

A dialogue about Rav Shagar's understanding of Teshuva, and the tension between self-creation and self-acceptance.

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New Thoughts on Halakha

Rediscovering the Language of Halakhah

Zachary Truboff •

30 min read

Though we often fail to realize it, halakhah is a language that shapes the world of those who speak

Halakha After Wittgenstein: Halakhic Meaning As Everyday Use, part 1

Eli Friedman •

25 min read

Wittgenstein's philsophy of language shows that meaning stems from an actual life form, from the way people use words

Halakha After Wittgenstein: Halakhic Meaning As Everyday Use, part 2

Eli Friedman •

40 min read

Thinking about Halakha as a language in the way Wittgenstein describes it, points at the way Halakha is embedded

Halakha and Theater

Hillel Mansfield •

45 min read

The surpising link with the world of Theater leads to various thoughts about Halakha and its place in our

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Money, Economy and Property

Living in the Land of Wealth

Zachary Truboff •

25 min read

The insights of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and Rav Shagar can help us appreciate the difficulty of escaping from

The Cry of the Downtrodden

Hillel Mansfield •

35 min read

a thorough examonation of the biblical cry, in order to understand the emotional and existential side of poverty.

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Short Articles

Why Rav Kook still matters
Why Rav Kook still matters
Zachary Truboff

At a time when Rav Kook’s vision of redemption

Can You Hear the Music?
Can You Hear the Music?
Zachary Truboff

A personal reflection about the significance of Rebbe Nachman

‘Welcoming wayfarers is greater than receiving the Divine Presence’
‘Welcoming wayfarers is greater than receiving the Divine Presence’
Noam Samet

The meaning and limitations of Hospitality are a subject

Oedipal Fathers and Wicked Sons
Oedipal Fathers and Wicked Sons
Zachary Truboff

Modern life has often been defined by its need

Though Hebrew may be the spoken language of the Jewish people, it is the language of halakhah that has traditionally served as a vocabulary for the values and behaviors which shape Jewish life.

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