Ants, Engineering, and Epistemology

Scientific American reports: Tiny Robots Mimic Termites’ Ability to Build without a Leader Using sensors coupled with a simple set of rules, the robots worked independently to build structures Termites can create mounds that are hundreds of times their own size, working independently without communication or a leader. Inspired by the creatures, scientists have created […]

Divine Justice

Our previous post cited the justification of Rav Yissachar Ber Eilenberg for Devorah’s singing in the presence of men, something normally forbidden: ואל תשיבני מדכתיב ותשר דבורה וברק בן אבינועם וגו’ כמו שנשאלתי מן אשה משכלת. כי יש לומר על פי הדיבור שאני וכיוצא בזה ממש תירצו התוספות בפרק החולץ …1 The Tosafist precedent he […]

Is It Better To Be Feared Than Loved?

A half dozen years ago we discussed the idea of Pinhas (and) Eliyahu’s unsuitability for leadership roles due to the incompatibility of zealousness with leadership. My friend M.W. recently pointed out to me that Rav Reuven Katz develops this idea further, asserting that zealotry is only acceptable as a הוראת שעה, not as a שיטה: […]