Originally published 3/17/08, 1:28 AM. Link no longer works.
A commitment to Torah and Mada (or, in the definition of Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch, Derech Eretz) presents a dialectic that is to push and inspire us to new understandings. The reality and the process, though, fosters a realm of conflict that challenges us on many levels and, while, perhaps, ultimately beneficial, tries us in the struggle that we must confront. This is most intense is the struggle of the self.
Tikva Hecht, a frequent contributor to Nishma, weighs in on this issue in an article she recently wrote for Kol Hamevaser entitled "The Artist and the Jew" This article is available on line at: