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by Joel Rich

Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having A Daughter Cause Judges to Rule for Women’s Issues? (link

In this paper, we ask whether personal relationships can affect the way that judges decide cases.
Political science scholarship on the courts has mostly focused on the decision-making impact of two important attributes: preferences (e.g., ideology, partisanship) and ascriptive characteristics (gender). Less well-developed is the notion that personal relationships and experiences – including contacts with close family members – could help us understand how judges decide cases.
In this paper, we presented evidence that personal relationships can in fact affect judges’ voting.
This fact has broader implications for descriptive representation on the courts. Scholarship has demonstrated that women judges decide cases differently from men.

[Me – Implication for poskim?]

Buying before Birth

Q: Is there a problem with buying clothing and furniture for a baby before the birth, or is there a problem of the evil eye?

A: There are some who refrain from doing so, but there is absolutely no halachic prohibition. On the contrary, it is a sign of trust in Hashem (Ner Ne-Ishon Laila p. 123. Unlike what Ha-Rav Chaim Kanievski said: The world is particular [not to do so] because of the evil eye. She’eilat Rav vol. 2 p. 58).

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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