Monthly Archives: August 2016

Mareh, Metaphor and Meaning

Rambam famously asserts that the eschatological description of the wolf dwelling with the lamb and the leopard and the kid lying down together is metaphoric rather than literal: אל יעלה על הלב שבימות המשיח יבטל דבר ממנהגו של עולם. או … Continue reading

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Round and Square Numbers In the Bible

My weekly halachah column for parashas Bemidbar: In the censuses of parashas Bemidbar and parashas Pinchas, the population totals for almost all the tribes are multiples of one hundred, except for those of the tribe of Gad in the former … Continue reading

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He Prayeth Best, Who Loveth Best All Things Both Great and Small

In the course of a lengthy and intricate analysis of the prohibition of צער בעלי חיים, R. Yaakov Ze’ev Kahana prohibits dog baiting, even by non-Jews: לכן אותן האנשים המבלים זמנן בשחוק שמשסין כלבים על חזירים או על שאר ב”ח … Continue reading

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