The Ties That Bind

Our previous post discussed a man who had seduced a girl and fathered a child with her, after having promised to marry her, and subsequently abandoned her due to his parents’ objections to the match, on the grounds that the girl was a pauper. The man’s conduct was certainly appalling, and Rav Hoffmann repeatedly refers …

The Rabbi and the Lady

The story is as old and as sad as Time itself, and Rav David Zvi Hoffmann’s evocative telling of this nineteenth century German version is vivid and poignant. A girl, “famed throughout the city for her beauty”, the daughter of a very poor but honest and upright father, leaves the stability and security of her …

A Great Evil

Ecclesiastes וְיֹתֵר מֵהֵמָּה, בְּנִי הִזָּהֵר: עֲשׂוֹת סְפָרִים הַרְבֵּה אֵין קֵץ, וְלַהַג הַרְבֵּה יְגִעַת בָּשָׂר.1 Martin Luther The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no measure or limit to this fever for writing; every one must be an author; some out of vanity, to acquire celebrity and raise up a name; others for …