Looking Unto the Rock Whence We Are Hewn and To the Hole Of the Pit Whence We Are Digged

From a recent post to the Seforim blog by Prof. Marc Shapiro: However, as far as I know, no one prior to Hirschensohn claimed that prophets could make errors in basic theological points. Yet Hirschensohn’s argument is very strong, for his proof is from Cain. Cain must be regarded as a prophet, as God spoke […]

Angels and Demons, Crime and Punishment

For my father, whose mention of this bit of Abravanel is always a favorite part of our Seder tradition. Angels and Demons Artscroll’s הגדה זבח פסח – Abarbanel Haggadah was lying on a table in my Shul, so I picked it up to see if and how it would present the passage in question, Rabbi […]

Red Tape

A number of major nineteenth century European Aharonim discuss the validity of a transaction for the sale of Hamez which is not recognized by the secular government;1 a similar, and potentially even more serious, albeit less discussed, problem exists with the standard contemporary version of the Rabbinically mandated marriage settlement document, the כתובה. From the […]