No Pain, No Gain?

Several months ago, we discussed the assumption of R. Meir Eisenstädter and Rav David Zvi Hoffmann (contra Hasam Sofer) that volunteering for military service (or complying with a draft thereto), even in wartime, is permitted, since there is nothing about such service that necessitates transgressing the halachah: whatever must be done as a matter of […]

The Songs of the Prophetesses and Risky Circumcisions

I currently deliver a weekly lecture (usually two versions thereof) on topics related to the coming week’s Torah reading, and write a short weekly column on halachic topics related to the same (the latter is usually a condensed, written version of the former). I intend to begin posting these regularly here. For פסח, my weekly […]

The Voice Of Gladness

For L.O., on becoming S.B. Here are a series of four lectures that I have recorded on four folio of פרק רבי אליעזר דמילה: 132 – Agency and Circumcision 133 – Imitatio Dei 134 – Circumcision Of Red and Green Infants 135 – Preemies And Incubators: Halachic Perspectives Here is a mini-חבורה of mine, the […]