During this holiday season, we are perennially bombarded with a trite Manichean view of a grand dichotomy between Judaism, Light, and Spirituality versus Classical Greek Culture, Darkness and Materialism. This is really an egregious oversimplification; in particular, Aristotle (“the Greek”), the arch-villain of this narrative, and his medieval Jewish rationalist adherents, had far less interest […]
From a recent review by Gil Student of R. Yisroel Miller’s In Search of Torah Wisdom: Questions You Forgot to Ask Your Rebbi: I found R. Miller’s explanation of a Yeshiva prayer service particularly interesting. I cannot recall any book discussing this so frankly. When we pray, we strive for an atmosphere of pleading for […]
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