Love Is Blind

We recently mentioned the perhaps somewhat doubtful assumption of רבי אברהם אבן טוואה that a girl’s heart is amenable to rational analysis, and that its dictates will be determined solely by the objective qualities of the young man in question. But as Blaise Pascal famously said: Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne […]

Mishloah Manos Lists – A Medieval Rationalist Perspective

In recent years, Purim has engendered much communal hand-wringing and agonizing over whether the number of recipients to whom we send משלוח מנות has grown too large. אין כל חדש תחת השמש; Rav Ya’akov Anatoli explains that part of Hazal’s motivation for only requiring one act of משלוח מנות, as opposed to two of מתנות […]