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 this verse: וטעם החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים, שימנו אותו ישראל חדש הראשון, וממנו ימנו […]

Making A Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

From a recent review by Gil Student of R. Yisroel Miller’s In Search of Torah Wisdom: Questions You Forgot to Ask Your Rebbi: I found R. Miller’s explanation of a Yeshiva prayer service particularly interesting. I cannot recall any book discussing this so frankly. When we pray, we strive for an atmosphere of pleading for […]

Who Shall Live, and Who Shall Die

SiBaw muses: A Question of Morals and Ethics… There are many interpretation and arguments as to what is ethics and what is the origin of ethical reasoning. One common line of reasoning as taught in many professional and theological capacities is “the golden rule” or the ethic of reciprocity. Basically, one should treat others as […]