Of מקרה and Medicine

My weekly halachah column for this past parashas Behukosai: Parashas Bechukosai begins with Hashem’s promises that if we obey His statutes and commandments, He will bestow upon us all manner of worldly good fortune. The Ramban (26:11) explains that when the Jewish people conduct themselves worthily, “their affairs will not be arranged by nature at […]

Alicorns and Amulets

From the NetHack Wiki: A unicorn horn (or unihorn) is an important tool for curing your adventurer. … For medical application Cures from uncursed and blessed application An uncursed or blessed unicorn horn can cure: blindness except from cream pies and venom confusion hallucination stun sickness nausea (from eating tripe/eggs) lost attribute points. Sickness is […]

There Is That Is Destroyed Unjustly

For S.B., who is blameless and has not yet tasted sin. A provocative Talmudic agadah asserts that some deaths are unjust, citing as an example the bizarre tale of a minion of the Angel of Death whose misinterpretation of his instructions resulted in the termination of the wrong woman: רב יוסף כי מטי להאי קרא […]