May 19, 2010
Rav Chesed: Essays in Honor of Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein, ed. Rafael Medoff, Ktav Publishing, 2009 (2 volumes).
Turim: Studies in Jewish History and Literature Presented to Dr. Bernard Lander, ed. Michael A. Shmidman, Touro College Press / Ktav, 2008 (2 volumes).
Two recent two-volume festchrifts were recently released in honor of two important Jewish communal leaders, Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein and Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander z”l (the latter unfortunately passed away a couple of months ago).
The volumes have a very different tenor to them. Turim, in honor of Dr. Lander, is a collection of scholarly articles on a range of topics with a definitively academic tone to them (appropriate for a university president, even as his life accomplishments extended beyond the university). Rav Chesed, on the other hand, includes a variety of different types of articles, reflecting the different realms of activism and activities in which Rabbi Lookstein has engaged in over 50 years of rabbinic service.
Judith Bleich, “The Circumcision Controversy in Classical Reform in Historical Context”
Ephraim Kanarfogel, “Returning to the Jewish Community in Medieval Ashkenaz: History and Halakhah”
David Shatz, “A Framework for Reading Ish ha-Halakhah”
Moshe Miller, “R. Jacob Emden’s Attitude Toward Christianity”
Aharon Lichtenstein, “Talmud and Ma’aseh in Pirkei Avot”
Adam Mintz, “Is Coca-Cola Kosher? Rabbi Tobias Geffen and the History of American Orthodoxy”
Jacob J. Schacter, “Tikkun Olam: Defining the Jewish Obligation”
Avivah Zornberg, “Law and Narrative in the Book of Ruth”
Mark Dratch, “I Do? Consent and Coercion in Sexual Relations”
and a 150-page biography of Rabbi Lookstein written by the book’s editor, Rafael Medoff
- Shlomo Brody