מאי חנוכה?‏

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 […]

Theology From the Rocks Whence We Are Hewn

A few years ago, we noted Rav Yitzhak Arama’s vehement rejection of Ramban’s famous adjuration against seeking medical, as opposed to prophetic, counsel and treatment for maladies. I recently encountered another interesting, albeit somewhat more subtle, example of divergence between the latter’s famous and eloquent (albeit deeply problematic and apparently inconsistent) insistence on the all-encompassing […]