Uriah, and Other Biblical Figures

President Obama: THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Today I accepted General Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. I did so with considerable regret, but also with certainty that it is the right thing for our mission in Afghanistan, for our military, and for our country. … I don’t make […]

A Power-Walking Polymath

I was recently reviewing Rav Efraim Zalman Margolis’s important, classic analysis of the topic of יורד לאומנות חבירו. I have perused the responsum in question many times before, but I had never noticed this charming little anecdote of R. Yosef Shlomo Delmedigo (Yashar of Candia), buried deep within Rav Margolis’s highly technical Halachic discussion: ואמרו […]

Are Diamonds Forever?

Dan Rabinowitz draws our attention to this Slate article, which discusses this SILive.com story: Diamond dispute: She dumps Staten Island man, but keeps ring STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Staten Island man allegedly spurned by his fiancee wants her to return the $17,500 diamond engagement ring he gave her. And he’s going to court to […]