Currency Trading and Ona’ah

For C.S. Rabbi Meir Orlian writes: silver sale “Mazal Tov,” Sol said to his friend, Yisrael. “I heard you had a boy recently!” “Thank you,” said Yisrael. “The pidyon haben, redemption of the firstborn son, will take place next week.” “Mr. Kahn has five real silver coins with the proper weight of 3.4 ounces,” said […]

Lateral Thinking Revisited

About three and a half years ago, we discussed the Riddle Of the Loaves, an ancient puzzle about the equitable distribution of five coins paid by a traveler to two others who shared their bread with him, where one originally had two loaves, the other three, and the trio shared the bread equally. We noted […]

Rebel Angels

Th’ infernal Serpent; he it was, whose guile Stird up with Envy and Revenge, deceiv’d The Mother of Mankind, what time his Pride Had cast him out from Heav’n, with all his Host Of Rebel Angels, by whose aid aspiring To set himself in Glory above his Peers, He trusted to have equal’d the most […]