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.

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

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Jonah and the New Era of Teshuvah by Mira Bernstein

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

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מתנות קשות by Tomer Greenberg (in Hebrew)

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

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

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

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May You Be Like Sarah and Milcah by David Saperstein

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On Oenomaus, Balaam, and Jewish Education by Amram Tropper

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Aharon, Yirmiyahu, and the Almond Rod by Elisheva Urbas

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

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

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