Philosophy, Public Policy and Family Planning

There was a recent discussion on the Orthonomics blog about financial pressures necessitating family planning to hold down family sizes. Fitzgerald famously said “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function”1, so here are two […]

The Better Part Of Valor

We recently discussed the motivation behind Shimon and Levi’s annihilation of Shechem. The Torah tell us that Ya’akov objected, considering it reckless. Radak explains that the root of their disagreement was psychological: ויעקב היה מפחד כמנהגו, ובניו היו אנשי לב לנקום את חרפתם על נפשם.1 (Emphasis added) It is said that a single word of […]