Two Epsteins On the Agunah Problem

I have previously suggested that Abravanel’s declaration that “death with honor is better than a life of shame and ignominy” is grounded in the Iberian culture in which he flourished. Today, however, I saw the attribution of quite a similar sentiment to the product of a very different era and culture – Rav Moshe Mordechai […]

Sin and Its Consequences

We have seen the Medrashic criticism of Ya’akov’s insensitivity in his harsh response to רחל’s desperate demand for him to provide her with children, and its declaration of the consequences for his descendants. This is quite reminiscent of Ramban’s celebrated, provocative indictment of Sarah’s oppression of Hagar, and Avraham’s tacit complicity therein, and his assertion […]