Don’t Forget Me Knots

From last week’s parshah כִּי אִם-זְכַרְתַּנִי אִתְּךָ, כַּאֲשֶׁר יִיטַב לָךְ, וְעָשִׂיתָ-נָּא עִמָּדִי, חָסֶד; וְהִזְכַּרְתַּנִי, אֶל-פַּרְעֹה, וְהוֹצֵאתַנִי, מִן-הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה. … וְלֹא-זָכַר שַׂר-הַמַּשְׁקִים אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיִּשְׁכָּחֵהוּ.1 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this […]

The Serious Consequences Of Playing Favorites

From last week’s parshah: וְיִשְׂרָאֵל, אָהַב אֶת-יוֹסֵף מִכָּל-בָּנָיו–כִּי-בֶן-זְקֻנִים הוּא, לוֹ; וְעָשָׂה לוֹ, כְּתֹנֶת פַּסִּים.1 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.2 Our tradition blames Ya’akov for fomenting the strife between his sons, and even holds […]

The Dextrocardian, Or the Man Whose Heart Was Not In the Right Place

A remarkable, albeit grotesque, example of Polish halachic man: a young man is hospitalized, and the doctors discover that he has dextrocardia (it is unclear whether we are dealing with dextrocardia of embryonic arrest, dextrocardia situs inversus, or even dextrocardia situs inversus totalis). His concern? Upon which arm should he place tefillin! The question is […]