Thursday, June 03, 2004

Edah Journal (continued)

Continuing my multi-part review of the Edah Journal....

A decent (if chanifas-dik) review of Alan Brill's Thinking God by Alan Yuter (whose blog would be highly enjoyable if it existed). Though he could do a better job of explaining both his terms and the book, his explaination of the relevance of the book to a Modern Spiritual Jewish life is good.

Though it is interesting how in the Edah journal, which seeks to promote Modern Orthodox Community, implicitly advocated such a radically individualistic, God-centered, piety.

An very interesting piece of Conservative scholarship by Ruth Halperin-Kaddari. If one can tolerate her attitude to Tanaim, Amoraim, & Poskim, her discussion of Tav Lemeitav Tan Du Mi-Lemeitav Armalu is worthile reading, if one wishes to keep abreast of Conservative Halakha. And I am happy that the Agunah Bais Din Activists are no longer publishing manifestos in The Jewish Week, but are actually writing extended explanations of their positions. While Halperin-Kaddari is clearly a partisian for Rackman & Co., unless I missed something, she ignored the obvious fact that Rackman's BD is mafkia kedushin based upon situations that noone else would consider pre-existing at the time of marriage.

This reminds me of R. Mordechai Tendler's short lived Tuesday night Bais Din in YU. Basically he converted his weekly shiur (and everyone else present) into an ad hoc Bais Din where he used the principles of his grandfather, Rav Moshe zt"l, to mattir agunot. This included testimony about missing husbands, agunot, assorted research, etc. It went on for a couple of weeks until the Hanhala of RIETS got wind of the matter.
(Indeed, the world is a crazy place.)

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