Recent Submissions

  • God’s Providence and the United States: A Thanksgiving Reader on Judaism and the American Idea 

    Soloveichik, Meir (Yeshiva University: YUTorah.org, 2013-11-13)
    Much has been made in the media of the fact that Thanksgiving occurs this year on the first day of Chanukah. While this has provided much fodder for humorous remarks about "Thanksgivukkah," in fact, the convergence of ...
  • God Delivered the Pilgrims—and My People 

    Soloveichik, Meir (Dow Jones, 2013-10-22)
    Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik reflects on the convergence of Thanksgiving with the first day of Hanukkah.
  • Dignity in Flames 

    Lerner, Dov (First Things, 2019-12-23)
    Rabbi Dr. Dov. Lerner remarks on the tension between the pure halakhic utility of the Chanukah candles and their public symbolism.
  • Cinderella and Esther 

    Trapedo, Shaina (New Jersey: The Jewish Standard, 2021-02-10)
    In an interview with The Jewish Standard, Dr. Shaina Trapedo, adjunct English professor at Yeshiva University, discusses how Esther is the anti-Cinderella and reflects on the power of stories.
  • Six Perspectives on the Yamin Noraim — Home Shuling: Patience in a Pandemic 

    Koenigsberg, Chaya Sima (NY, New York: Yeshiva University, 2020)
    Writing for Yeshiva University's Rosh Hashanah 5781 Torah To-Go, Straus Center Resident Scholar Dr. Chaya Sima Koenigsberg reflects on transitioning from a Rosh Hashanah centered on synagogue service to a Rosh Hashanah ...
  • Freedom and the Flames of Faith: A Tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt”l 

    Lerner, Dov (yutorah.org, 2020)
    Writing for YU Chanukah To-Go, Straus Center Resident Scholar Rabbi Dov Lerner makes the case for Chanukah as a celebration of, in the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, "personal responsibility for the moral-spiritual order."
  • Against Court and Constitution: A Never-Before-Translated Speech by David Ben-Gurion 

    Rogachevsky, Neil; Ben-Gurion, David (Mosaic is published by Bee.Ideas, LLC, an affiliate of the Tikvah Fund., 2021-03-10)
    In this newly translated speech, David Ben-Gurion makes the case against any kind of written formal constitution for the Jewish state. The speech was translated by Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky for ...
  • Peter Beinart's Wedge 

    Rogachevsky, Neil (Mosaic is published by Bee.Ideas, LLC, an affiliate of the Tikvah Fund., 2020-07-16)
    Writing for Mosaic, Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky argues that Peter Beinart’s call for a bi-national Jewish and Arab state is less about Israel and more about changing the foreign policy debate in America.
  • Ben-Gurion: The Man Who Willed A State 

    Rogachevsky, Neil (2020-07-01)
    As a new biography shows, David Ben-Gurion could be petty, harsh, and stubborn. He also decisively shaped almost every institution that would form the state of Israel. Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky ...
  • "We Were All Born in Jerusalem": A Never-Before Translated Speech by Menachem Begin 

    Rogachevsky, Neil; Begin, Menchem (2020-05-14)
    Given by Menachem Begin at a commemorative event for the Soviet city of Brisk, which served as a home for 20,000 Jews before they were slaughtered by the Nazis, this newly translated speech (courtesy of Straus Center ...
  • Spare Your People a Fourth Election, O Israel, and Form a Minority Government 

    Rogachevsky, Neil (Bee.Ideas, LLC (The Tikvah Fund), 2020-03-12)
    Minority governments are thus not a panacea. They are weaker than majorities; they don’t last; and they complicate the business of parliamentary government. But at least they allow that business to take place and thereby ...
  • The Not-So-Strange Death of Israel’s Labor Party 

    Rogachevsky, Neil (American Affairs Foundation, Inc., 2020)
    Though he ultimately could not dethrone Netanyahu, Benny Gantz in 2019 and 2020 succeeded by running an old Labor Party–style campaign—but without laborers. Like earlier Labor candidates, Gantz was a general, patriotic ...
  • Esther in America 

    Halpern, Stuart (First Things, 2021-02-26)
    Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern highlights the role the Book of Esther has played throughout American history
  • The BEST: Democracy in America 

    Halpern, Stuart (Rabbinical Council of America, 2021-03-04)
    Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern reviews Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America for Tradition's "The BEST" column.
  • Smitten with Sympathy 

    Halpern, Stuart (Bee.Ideas, LLC, 2021-03-23)
    Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern argues that we should not allow misplaced feelings of sympathy toward the Egyptians to cloud the true reasons for Passover’s traditions.
  • Lincoln's almost Chosen People 

    Soloveichik, Meir (First Things, 2021-02)
    Speaking at the 2020 Erasmus Lecture for First Things, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik discussed the covenantal nature of America's founding and, in the words of Lincoln, its "almost chosen people."
  • Reading Esther in today's America 

    Halpern, Stuart (Independent, 2021-01-18)
    Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern reflects on Esther's legacy, reminding us in these troubled times that it only takes one decent and committed person to save the day.
  • Jonah: The Sequels 

    Halpern, Stuart (Bee.Ideas, LLC,, 2020-09-22)
    : Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern examines ancient and modern retellings, Jewish and secular, of the book of Jonah, which is read on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
  • God at the Inauguration 

    Halpern, Stuart; Troy, Tevi (Almar Latour, 2021-01-01)
    Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern and Dr. Tevi Troy track the history of biblical allusions and quotes in U.S. presidential inaugural speeches.
  • Simchat Torah, the Cain Mutiny, and religious responsibility 

    Halpern, Stuart (RIETS • The Benjamin and Rose Berger CJF Torah To-Go Series • Sukkot 5781, 2020)
    Utilizing the philosophy of Rabbi Norman Lamm, Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern explores the differences and similarities between the brotherly tales of Cain and Abel and Joseph and his brothers.

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