The Future is Now: Hakirah Volume 23

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7 Responses

  1. Devorah says:

    Is it only online, or can one purchase a hard copy?

    • Only a small number of articles of the current issue are available online. The rest can be accessed through single-volume purchase or subscription. They are very generous in their back-issue policy, whose contents are fully accessible online

  2. Shaina Katz says:

    Sounds great. Any female contributors?

    • Yes. They are entirely open to female contributors. I asked them for specifics, and they told me that Rachel Levmore wrote a piece on get-refusal; Rav Breuer’s daughter-in-law on an issue of medical ethics. Another article has been accepted on Esav and will probably appear in the next volume.

  3. Steve Brizel says:

    Dr. Sprecher ZL’s speech and Mareh Mkomos IMO are must reading and IIRC are still available on the Hakirah website.

  4. Raymond says:

    While most Orthodox Jews do vote with the political conservatives, many still do not, which has long seemed simply bizarre to me. If there were ever an almost perfect fit between political positions and religious values, it should be between political conservatism and Orthodox Judaism. How much moreso, one would think, that that would be the case among the Chareidim, and yet often that is not the case. Just to give one example of what I mean, while things had a happy ending since Hillary never did make it back to the White House, the fact is that the New Square Chasidim did play a major role in giving her political power in the first place.

    Almost as puzzling to me is the resistance that too many Chareidi men have to defending Israel in its wars as well as in making a decent living. The issue of them serving in the Israeli military has already been extensively discussed on this website, and so all i will say about that issue this time around is that I would have thought that somebody with a true Torah mind would be among the first out there defending the lives of their fellow Jews. And as for making a living, similar to what i just said, I would think that somebody with a true Torah mind would not even think of putting their family on government welfare, or compelling his wife to work full-time even as she gives birth to, and raises, their many children. And in fact, I have support for my positions right in our Torah, Talmud, and Jewish history in general. Think, for example, of how the greatest of our Jewish people, such as Abraham, Moses, and King David, engaged in military battles against our enemies, and think of the aggadic discussions in the Talmud about what our great Talmudic sages did to earn a living. Nor should we forget that some of our greatest Torah scholars, from Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi to the Rambam to the RambaN to the Arizal to the Chovetz Chaim, all recognized the need to earn a living rather than be a burden to their respective communities.

    As for the idea of the Chareidim more directly influencing the values of our society at large, that is such unfamiliar territory, that I better leave that for people greater than me to decide how to carry that out. I will say, though, that as imperfect as his practice of Judaism may be, that for several decades now, Dennis Prager has played such a role. I think that Viktor Frankl, perhaps a bit more obliquely, similarly helped to bring Jewish values to the greater world consciousness. Perhaps individuals such as those drawn to our website can also find a way to play a role in such activities, although always proceeding with some caution.

  5. Esther says:

    R Pfeffer finishes his article by ‘echoing Moshe Scheinfeld’s call’ but this time for a charedi advance rather than a charedi retreat. But there is a key point which differentiates these two moves.
    The ‘more perfected’ phenomenon of Moshe Scheinfeld’s time occurred because orthodox youth were exposed to and inspired by charedi modes of thinking in their educational institutions or other programs. While parents may not have approved of the charedization influence of these role-models they did not ban them or threaten their children with ostracism if they associated with them. Mostly parents choose to specifically send their teens to these institutions and role-models for one reason or another.
    There are some, and perhaps more than some, charedi youth who would find lifelong intellectual stimulation and fulfilment in the intellectual involvement and tasks R Pfeffer describes. But this time they are not allowed the exposure to even conceive of these opportunities or access to the framework in which they can be meaningful contributors.
    Most Charedim who are accessing the concepts R Pfeffer espouses are doing so at an older age when they already adults, integrated into their communities and ideological changes are much more difficult. Also, they are doing it individually, clandestinely and often without mentors to help or guide them. Far less energy in thought or action is likely to result.
    Going by the opening story of the friend who could not get his daughter into school, it is a long way from the beginning of his article to the end!

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