Ateret Zvi Journal

Akiva Mattenson

In 2018, we held the first ever Ateret Tzvi Prize in Hiddushei Torah. More than fifty writers submitted amazing Divrei Torah. You can read more about the prize and enter your submission, here.

Our winner was Akiva Mattenson, for his piece, “Out Beyond the Sea," a powerful theological reflection based on a close reading of rabbinic texts exploring divine absence. You can read Akiva's piece and other standout essays below.

First Place: Out Beyond the Sea: A Theology of Divine Absence by Akiva Mattenson

Jonah and the New Era of Teshuvah by Mira Bernstein

How Does an Etrog Glorify God?: Hiddur Mitzvah, the Individual, and the Community by Ranana Dine

מתנות קשות by Tomer Greenberg (in Hebrew)

My Brother’s Keeper: Judah, Tamar, and the Lineage of Israel by Benjamin Hofkin

Ba-kol, Mi-kol, Kol: The Blessing of Avraham’s Mythic Daughter by Margo Hughes-Robinson

Lighting Up the Night:The Revolutionary Mandate of a Rabbinic Coup by Avi Poupko

May You Be Like Sarah and Milcah by David Saperstein

On Oenomaus, Balaam, and Jewish Education by Amram Tropper

Aharon, Yirmiyahu, and the Almond Rod by Elisheva Urbas

Sha’atnez as Ostentatious Dress: Towards a Demystification of the Choq by Solomon Wiener

From Monarch to Matriarch: Re-reading Megillat Esther in Her Own Words by Rabbi Dovid Zirkind

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