Tag Archives: history

The Law of War

My weekly lectures for parashas Shelah (including handouts), on the topic of halachic perspectives on the law of war, are available at the Internet Archive. I subsequently recorded a lecture on the halachic justifiability of Shimon and Levi’s massacre of … Continue reading

Posted in audio, B&L, BHV, comparative law, Live, Parashah (K), Parashah (Y), Tanach, חושן משפט | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mareh, Metaphor and Meaning

Rambam famously asserts that the eschatological description of the wolf dwelling with the lamb and the leopard and the kid lying down together is metaphoric rather than literal: אל יעלה על הלב שבימות המשיח יבטל דבר ממנהגו של עולם. או … Continue reading

Posted in audio, B&L, Live, Parashah (K), Parashah (Y), Tanach, theology and philosophy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Of Anno Domini and Ad Hominem

From yesterday’s parshah: הַחֹדֶשׁ הַזֶּה לָכֶם, רֹאשׁ חֳדָשִׁים: רִאשׁוֹן הוּא לָכֶם, לְחָדְשֵׁי הַשָּׁנָה.1 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Ramban famously ascribes normative force to … Continue reading

Posted in audio, Tanach, theology and philosophy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment