It Takes A Village

For C.S., whose parshah it is. A number of Tosafist commentaries to today’s parshah explain that the involvement of the general Hittite community in what was apparently a simple purchase by Avraham of Efron’s private property was necessary since mere acquisition of title would not have sufficed to allow Avraham to utilize it as a […]

Exploring and Colonizing The Final Frontier

For my friend Dr. Jeremy Schnittman (obviously.) Is the Torah positive, neutral or negative toward the exploration and colonization of outer space? R. (Dr.) Nahum Eliezer Rabinovitch, in a brief analysis published in 5762 [1962], at the height of the space race and the Cold War, deems such exploration innocent at least when engaged in […]

Excessive Public Displays Of Modesty

Gail Sullivan, for The Washington Post: Ultra-Orthodox Jews delay El Al flight, refusing to sit near women One passenger described the trip as “an 11-hour long nightmare.” El Al passengers heading to Israel to celebrate the Jewish new year were delayed leaving New York on the eve of Rosh Hashanah when ultra-Orthodox passengers refused to […]