Sep 17, 2008
The Rabbinical Council of America has just published a special issue of Tradition in memory of the late philosopher, teacher, and author, Rabbi Dr.Walter S. Wurzburger.
The issue, available both in print and online, is distinguished not just by its almost 300 pages, but by the extraordinary range of topics of current interest that are covered in those pages by some of the leading thinkers in the Orthodox community. Topics include rabbinic leadership, communal unity, insights into Modern Orthodoxy, ethics of peace, Holocaust commemoration in Jewish law, halachic observance by the non-observant, biblical and philosophical studies focused on medieval, early modern, and modern texts and thinkers, science and religion, internet halachic responsa, grace after meals by women, and much more. Taken together, the seventeen articles in the volume reflect many of the issues confronting thinking traditionalist Jews, as they seek to balance ancient truths and texts with the trends and exigencies of contemporary challenges to Jewish life, both individual and communal.
As such, the volume is a most appropriate memorial to its namesake. For in his lifetime Rabbi Wurzburger was a shining model for tens of thousands of congregants, students, readers, and audiences, within the Orthodox community and beyond. As the editor of Tradition for more than 26 years, he raised the journal to unprecedented accomplishment.
The special issue was edited by Rabbi Reuven Bulka, a prominent rabbi and author in his own right.
The special Wurzburger issue, together with all the preceding issues of Tradition, can be accessed by subscribers to Tradition at www.TraditionOnLine.org
. Special online as well as regular print and student subscriptions can be purchased on that site, as can individual articles. Copies of the special issue can be purchased directly from the Rabbinical Council of America for $12.00 plus postage and handling.