Monthly Archives: March 2009

Love Is Blind

We recently mentioned the perhaps somewhat doubtful assumption of רבי אברהם אבן טוואה that a girl’s heart is amenable to rational analysis, and that its dictates will be determined solely by the objective qualities of the young man in question. … Continue reading

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Mishloah Manos Lists – A Medieval Rationalist Perspective

In recent years, Purim has engendered much communal hand-wringing and agonizing over whether the number of recipients to whom we send משלוח מנות has grown too large. אין כל חדש תחת השמש; Rav Ya’akov Anatoli explains that part of Hazal’s … Continue reading

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The Best Bahur In Algiers

A common cliche in the context of modern Shidduchim is that of “the best בחור in Lakewood”. Here is a description by רבי אברהם אבן טוואה of the best בחור in Algiers – handsome and good-looking, and the son of … Continue reading

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