Tempering Justice With Mercy

The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The thronèd monarch better than his crown. His scepter shows the force of temporal power, The […]

Our Perfect Torah Vs. Their Worthless Chatter

Our previous post cited an excerpt of an interview with R. J. David Bleich; the immediate continuation of the interview is also interesting: You’ve written much on the intersection between halacha and American law. What would you say are some of the major general differences between these two systems of law? There’s nothing general. There […]

Sense and Sensibility

Rav Aharon Levin (the Reisher Rav) asserts the need to follow the head over the heart in the spheres of civil and criminal jurisprudence: ועשית הישר והטוב בעיני ד’ למען ייטב לך ובאת וירשת את הארץ הטובה אשר נשבע ד’ לאבותיך. כבר כתבתי למעלה בפרשת וירא מאמר פ”ג, ששנים המה הכחות המשפיעים על הילוך מעשה […]