Tag Archives: Maharal

Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

My weekly halachah column for parashas Hukas: “And Hashem said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, … Continue reading

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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

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Rationalizing Rosh Ha’Shanah

I had long been aware of Meiri’s delicious rationalization of the apparently superstitious underpinning of the simanim of Rosh Ha’Shanah: ‫ועל צד הגדיל התעוררות לזכור השם בכל רגע‬ ‫ולשוות יראתו על פנהם לבלתי יחטאו היתה הכונה‬ ‫לשום בשולחן, קרא, רוביא, … Continue reading

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