The Fate of Lot’s Wife

I have long marveled at Ralbag’s provocative reinterpretation of the fate of Lot’s wife: וכאשר הוציאו [המלאכים] אותו [לוט] החוצה אמרו לו שימהר לרוץ כדי שינצל ולא יביט מאחריו כדי שלא יתעכב מהבריחה ולא יתעכב בכל הככר כי כל הככר יפסד אבל ימלט בהר הסמוך לשם כדי שלא יספה … והנה הביטה אשת לוט מאחריו […]

Truth and Beauty III: A Tale Told By Two Chabadnik-Brisker-Mizrahisten

We recently discussed R. Avraham Borenstein’s analysis of the question of whether it is preferable to use an Israeli citron that is definitely kosher, albeit not beautiful, or a Corfian one that is beautiful but of dubious kashrus. A variation of this dilemma was famously considered by Rav Chaim Soloveitchik: he (of course) was going […]

Beauty and Truth II

We recently discussed R. Avraham Borenstein’s contention that it is preferable to use an Israeli citron that is definitely kosher, albeit not beautiful, than a Corfian one that is beautiful but of dubious kashrus, since “there is no הידור greater than this, that it definitely be an אתרוג”. A similar stance is attributed to Hasam […]