Recent Essays

  • The Laws of Damages: A “Declaration of Human Rights”

    Elchanan Samet (0)
    The Laws of Damages: A “Declaration of Human Rights”

    by R. Elchanan Samet Two Agents of Damage After opening with the laws of Israelite indentured servants, Parashat Mishpatim...

     
  • Vort from the Rav: Mishpatim

    Arnold Lustiger (3)
    Vort from the Rav: Mishpatim

    Ex. 21:35 וְכִֽי־יִגּף שׁוֹר־אִישׁ אֶת־שׁוֹר רֵעֵהוּ And if a man’s bull strikes...

     
  • Abortion and Fathers’ Notification

    Gil Student (3)
    Abortion and Fathers’ Notification

    by R. Gil Student Tosafos (Kesubos 31a) record a debate about the Torah’s case of an attack that leads to miscarriage...

     
  • Audio Roundup

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup

    by Joel Rich The Gemara Moed Katan 5a discusses the source for marking a grave. Amoraim give about 7 different psukim. The...

     
  • Why Forgive?

    Gil Student (1)
    Why Forgive?

    by R. Gil Student A seemingly lopsided dispute between leading Mussar thinkers may be more even than initially appears, finding...

     
  • Audio Roundup – R. Reisman Special Edition

    Joel Rich (0)
    Audio Roundup – R. Reisman Special Edition

    by Joel Rich Hat tip to Counselor K for providing the CD’s with his usual grace and aplomb. As a (self-proclaimed in his...

     
  • Orphans and Affirmative Action

    Gil Student (0)
    Orphans and Affirmative Action

    by R. Gil Student The Torah commands us to treat orphans with special care, leading to an important halakhic question: Who...

     
  • Making Sure It Isn’t Too Good to be King

    Gidon Rothstein (0)
    Making Sure It Isn’t Too Good to be King

    by R. Gidon Rothstein Drasha 11, part 2 Kings are there to make society work, according to Ran, because courts aren’t...

     
  • Books Received

    Gil Student (0)
    Books Received

    Joshua: The Challenge of the Promised Land by R. Michael Hattin (Maggid) Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy by Dr. Yael...

     
  • Two Aspects of Torah Study

    Aharon Ziegler (0)
    Two Aspects of Torah Study

    Halakhic Positions of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik by R. Aharon Ziegler Rav Soloveitchik explained, based on the Rambam in...