First, Do No Harm

I recently recorded a lecture, and published an article, on the Halachah of malpractice; as usual, both are available, along with my lecture notes, at the Internet Archive. The former covers both general malpractice as well as medical malpractice in particular, while the latter is limited to the latter; both focus primarily on the native […]

Character Assassination

Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein relates the tale of one who publicly slandered a Sofer Stam, with the immediate consequence of the complete cessation of the Sofer’s custom. The slander was utterly false, and the Sofer, responsible for a large family, was left with no livelihood. The slanderer consulted R. Zilberstein on the appropriate amends, “but I […]

For Richer, For Poorer, In Sickness and In Health

We recently referenced the dispute between Rabbeinu Eliyahu and Rabbeinu Tam over whether a husband is obligated to accept employment in order to maintain his wife, and as we noted several years ago, Gra claims that “the opinion of most Poskim is like Rabbeinu Tam”,1 and that it is therefore clear that the popular assumption […]