Fixing Cleopatra’s Nose

A couple of years ago, we discussed the question of the permissibility of plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes, and we noted R. Chaim Jachter’s characteristically excellent discussion of the topic, in which he notes that both Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Ya’akov Breish discuss very similar sounding cases of a young woman who wished to […]

Skin Deep Love

The Macedonian Intl News Agency reports (via InterAksyon, via Planet Ivy, via msnNOW, via Bad for Shidduchim): Chinese Man Sues Wife for being Ugly, and Wins Tuesday, 28 February 2012 Northern Chinese resident Jian Feng divorced and sued his wife for $120,000 and won! The story goes that Mr. Feng was deeply in love with […]

On Beauty

[With apologies to Zadie Smith.] Introducing Smallpox For all those worrying about Shidduchim, love, or life in general, just remember – it could always be worse. At least we’ve eradicated smallpox; ironically, this most monstrous of God’s creations is the only disease that we’ve managed to eradicate: Smallpox is believed to have emerged in human […]