Artscroll Vs Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin

In his third lecture on Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, history professor Marc B. Shapiro says:

I expected Obama to win. I did not vote for him.

Rav Zevin wrote Ha’moadim Be’halachah – halachic studies of the Jewish festivals. When this book appeared in 1944, it was completely new. It has many imitators. It was the first halachic work that has footnotes. It’s written in an academic style. This is now standard. Some works have one line of text and the rest if all footnotes. That’s not a traditional Jewish way of writing. That’s another example of how the Torah world has been influenced by the academic approach.

It’s the greatest work in modern times dealing with the festivals.

I use the Steinsaltz gemara (Talmud).

The worst thing Artscroll has ever done and it has never been rectified [it changed the words of Rav Zeverin in praise of the modern state of Israel].

R. writes: “Artscroll – they have an achrayus towards the tens of thousands of Jews who take what they say about Judaism at face value. By distorting is, they trivialise Judaism. One such example is where thye lied about R. Zevin’s position about Medinat Yisrael – they took out the words ‘ashreinu shezachinu lec’kach’ from their translation of Moadim Behalacha, and claimed that he had expressed his regret at writing this in his later years. When his relatives were asked if this was the case, they denied it vehemently. If you can’t do a job honestly, don’t do it at all. And fear of terrorists is no excuse. Their epsoused disregard for the hard work of academics is also inexcusable.”

Other than Satmar, the typical Haredi is happy that Israel rules Israel. They may not be Zionist but do they wish there was never a modern state of Israel? No.

Going back to the 1980s, Tradition was the only Orthodox journal.

The most interesting of all the Orthodox journals today is produced by a bunch of amateurs in Flatbush — Hakira. It’s not afraid to take risks. It’s iconoclastic. It knows how to keep things interesting. Tradition became boring. Tradition censored me. Thank God we now have blogs and all sorts of other things. I said I won’t ever write for them again.

Rabbi Shalom Carmy, the editor, has made Tradition a little more interesting. Under R. Emmanuel Feldman, it really collapsed and you could fall asleep reading those issues.

The great Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, history professor Marc B. Shapiro says:

Rav Zevin wrote Ha’moadim Be’halachah – halachic studies of the Jewish festivals. When this book appeared in 1944, it was completely new. It has many imitators. It was the first halachic work that has footnotes. It’s written in an academic style. This is now standard. Some works have one line of text and the rest if all footnotes. That’s not a traditional Jewish way of writing. That’s another example of how the Torah world has been influenced by the academic approach.

It’s the greatest work in modern times dealing with the festivals.

I use the Steinsaltz gemara (Talmud).

The worst thing Artscroll has ever done and it has never been rectified [it changed the words of Rav Zeverin in praise of the modern state of Israel].

R. writes: “Artscroll – they have an achrayus towards the tens of thousands of Jews who take what they say about Judaism at face value. By distorting is, they trivialise Judaism. One such example is where thye lied about R. Zevin’s position about Medinat Yisrael – they took out the words ‘ashreinu shezachinu lec’kach’ from their translation of Moadim Behalacha, and claimed that he had expressed his regret at writing this in his later years. When his relatives were asked if this was the case, they denied it vehemently. If you can’t do a job honestly, don’t do it at all. And fear of terrorists is no excuse. Their epsoused disregard for the hard work of academics is also inexcusable.”

Other than Satmar, the typical Haredi is happy that Israel rules Israel. They may not be Zionist but do they wish there was never a modern state of Israel? No.

Going back to the 1980s, Tradition was the only Orthodox journal.

The most interesting of all the Orthodox journals today is produced by a bunch of amateurs in Flatbush — Hakira. It’s not afraid to take risks. It’s iconoclastic. It knows how to keep things interesting. Tradition became boring. Tradition censored me. Thank God we now have blogs and all sorts of other things. I said I won’t ever write for them again.

Shalom Carny, the editor, has made Tradition a little more interesting. Under R. Emmanuel Feldman, it really collapsed and you could fall asleep reading those issues.

The great Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, history professor Marc B. Shapiro says:

Rav Zevin wrote Ha’moadim Be’halachah – halachic studies of the Jewish festivals. When this book appeared in 1944, it was completely new. It has many imitators. It was the first halachic work that has footnotes. It’s written in an academic style. This is now standard. Some works have one line of text and the rest if all footnotes. That’s not a traditional Jewish way of writing. That’s another example of how the Torah world has been influenced by the academic approach.

It’s the greatest work in modern times dealing with the festivals.

I use the Steinsaltz gemara (Talmud).

The worst thing Artscroll has ever done and it has never been rectified [it changed the words of Rav Zeverin in praise of the modern state of Israel].

R. writes: “Artscroll – they have an achrayus towards the tens of thousands of Jews who take what they say about Judaism at face value. By distorting is, they trivialise Judaism. One such example is where thye lied about R. Zevin’s position about Medinat Yisrael – they took out the words ‘ashreinu shezachinu lec’kach’ from their translation of Moadim Behalacha, and claimed that he had expressed his regret at writing this in his later years. When his relatives were asked if this was the case, they denied it vehemently. If you can’t do a job honestly, don’t do it at all. And fear of terrorists is no excuse. Their epsoused disregard for the hard work of academics is also inexcusable.”

Other than Satmar, the typical Haredi is happy that Israel rules Israel. They may not be Zionist but do they wish there was never a modern state of Israel? No.

Going back to the 1980s, Tradition [published by the RCA, the Modern Orthodox rabbi’s group) was the only Orthodox journal.

The most interesting of all the Orthodox journals today is produced by a bunch of amateurs in Flatbush — Hakira. It’s not afraid to take risks. It’s iconoclastic. It knows how to keep things interesting. Tradition became boring. Tradition censored me. Thank God we now have blogs and all sorts of other things. I said I won’t ever write for them again.

Shalom Carny, the editor, has made Tradition a little more interesting. Under R. Emmanuel Feldman, it really collapsed and you could fall asleep reading those issues.

Rabbi Yaakov Elman wrote in to the second issue of Hakira a little contemptuously, what are you doing? Then he published an essay in it. He realized that if you want to write for the Orthodox world, you write for Hakira.

Rav Zevin refers to [the great JTA Talmudist] Shaul Lieberman as “Rav Shaul Lieberman” [a sign of respect]. When it was translated into English by Artscroll, the references were changed to “S. Lieberman.” Lieberman was one of Rav Zevin’s closest friends.

Show me an Agudah gadol who was not happy with the state’s founding (except for maybe Rav Aharon Kotler).

My book on censorship is done. I have to read over each chapter one more time. I have all the pictures. It then goes to the editor. Then it’s published.

Remember that the Seforim (books) blog for a year was the Tradition Seforim blog. The RCA wanted to censor my posts. Dan Rabinowitz wouldn’t let them. The RCA agreed before they took over that they would have no input in content and they wanted to bring people to their website. Thousands of people read Seforim. But they didn’t like my posts. They thought it wasn’t fitting for the RCA. They wanted a censor for Shapiro’s posts and they wanted to censor the comments.

I can’t say many people go to the Tradition website.

I’m not a member of the RCA nor any rabbinic body.

The Seforim blog has been quoted in numerous academic articles. Blogs now are an essential part of scholarship.

I think it shows why Tradition is not Hakira. What did I write so crazy that they did censor? I published what they wanted to censor in the Edah journal and the world didn’t collapse.

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