Book Review: Contemporary decisor

In his collection of scholarly, yet accessible, essays on modern halachic issues, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin suggests innovative solutions but clings religiously to the traditional framework.

By SHLOMO BRODY
April 2, 2015 17:25
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Midreshet Lindenbaum

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin at Midreshet Lindenbaum.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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If books weren’t printed to sell, the latest publication of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin might have been called “How I think creatively about our religion while remaining within a traditional framework.”

Admittedly, The Living Tree: Studies in Modern Orthodoxy, along with its clever cover design by Yehudit Cohen, is a more poetic title. Yet this stimulating book provides a glimpse at how one of the most influential Modern Orthodox rabbis believes Jewish law and thought should operate and evolve.

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