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 […]

He Said, She Said

I am fascinated by the unfolding Brett Kavanaugh – Christine Blasey Ford drama – this is quintessential “he said – she said”, in its almost purest form. In my lecture(s) for this past year’s parashas Vayeshev,1 with its archetypal narrative of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, I broached a highly speculative argument for granting some credibility […]

Voting One’s Conscience

Dylan Matthews, in a Washington Post “Wonkblog” post, illustrates the concept of “strategic”, “tactical”, or “insincere” voting1: Why is Harry Reid always voting against his own plans? Forty U.S. senators voted to block a final vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary. Of those, 39 were Republicans opposed to the nomination, at least […]