Within most Hasidic courts, little weight is given to a potential rebbe’s character traits. The more important quality speaks to a tribal interest.
A new study of the Diaspora shows serious concern over Israel’s self-proclaimed ‘Jewish democracy,’ J.J. Goldberg writes. It also finds worries over the power of the Orthodox rabbinate.
In this, the second annual Forward Fives selection, we celebrate the year’s cultural output with a series of deliberately eclectic choices in film, music, theater, exhibitions and books. Here we present five of the most important Jewish non-fiction books of 2010. Feel free to argue with and add to our selections in the comments.