Mar 13, 2007
The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest Orthodox rabbinic group in the world, has today announced that in yet another illustration of the adage that "you can't stand in the way of progress," the fifty year old Torah journal of the Rabbinical Council of America, Hadarom, is now fully accessible to the interested public, in online form, at www.rabbis.org.
The annual journal has had a long and venerable history among American Torah journals, appearing in print, edited first by the late Rav Chaim Dov Chavel zt”l, (from its founding in 5717 until 5742), and since then by Rav Gedaliah Dov Schwartz, Av Bes Din of the Bes Din of America and of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. During that time hundreds of worthy articles have appeared in its pages, covering practical law, Talmudic insights, studies in Aggada and Midrash, and book reviews. These have included important articles by Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik, of blessed memory, and others.
Several years ago, issues that appeared until 5760 were scanned and made available on a CD-ROM.
The advantages of utilizing the new technology of the Internet include opening its contents to a vast audience of new readers, and thereby giving Hadarom an expanded impact and prospect. It also streamlines the publications process, and allows for significant financial savings.
Rabbi Dale Polakoff, President of the Rabbinical Council of America, stated that "The Torah world, and every student of contemporary Jewish law, is indebted to Rav Schwartz for his extraordinary efforts to ensure that all of this scholarly Torah research can be shared with so wide an audience. We are thrilled to embrace and project the synergies of serious Torah scholarship, applied Jewish law, and the leveraging powers of modern technology, as Hadarom begins its second Jubilee under the auspices of the RCA."