Flora and Pfingsten

My weekly פרשה lectures and הלכה column for the past פרשיות אחרי מות-קדושים discussed the Biblical prohibition against “walking in the ordinances” of the Gentiles. As I discuss, a debate over the scope and parameters of this prohibition is apparently behind the controversy over the custom (or family of customs) of the arraying of trees, […]

Mocking Maharaz

My friend Eliezer Brodt observes: One last small point of interest to me in about the Oz Ve-Hador [edition of מגילת תענית] was that they seem to have no problem with the Maharatz Chayes as they quote his piece on the MT [Megilas Ta’anis] word for word with proper attribution. It would seem they argue […]