Stigma and Financial Crime

In the wake of the Madoff scandal we may ask: how much stigma did Jewish society historically attach to those believed to be guilty of financial crimes, and how does the degree of opprobrium compare to that directed toward the perpetrators of other offenses that are בין אדם למקום? This post is a non-systematic survey …

The Villainous Valet Revisited

My treatment of the Villainous Valet, along with an oral version of the same material, was received with considerable skepticism. My conclusion, that Halachah would hold neither the valet nor his employer liable for the ticket sent to the vehicle’s owner, is apparently quite counterintuitive. While I stand by my basic position, in this post …