Monty Hall, Paul Erdős, And The Fallibility of Human Intuition

The Monty Hall Problem Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror, recently resurrected one of the most notorious probability paradoxes around, the Monty Hall problem. Here’s the version that Marilyn Vos Savant famously analyzed in several Parade magazine columns: Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors. Behind one door is …

Risking One's Life Revisited

Several months ago, we discussed a principle asserted by several Poskim permitting the assumption of some level of risk to one’s life for the sake of making a living. The primary Talmudic basis for this concept is this famous Beraisa: ואליו הוא נושא את נפשו מפני מה עלה זה בכבש ונתלה באילן ומסר את עצמו …

In Defense of Lashon Hara, Part I: Shidduch Lists, Cancer, Depression and Aids

Shidduch Lists The is an ongoing tizzy over the apparent wide dissemination of a “shidduch list” consisting of “over 150 names of bochurim over the age of 25 and are in need of shidduchim”. Much of the expressed opposition (see the comment thread