Once More Unto the Tower Of Ensisheim

“The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.” — Abraham Lincoln This can be a problem with dead tree media, too. A couple of day ago, on Tisha Be’Av, I read this passage in the Artscroll Kinos: From the seat of his rabbinate in Rottenburg, Maharam guided […]

Is It Better To Be Feared Than Loved?

A half dozen years ago we discussed the idea of Pinhas (and) Eliyahu’s unsuitability for leadership roles due to the incompatibility of zealousness with leadership. My friend M.W. recently pointed out to me that Rav Reuven Katz develops this idea further, asserting that zealotry is only acceptable as a הוראת שעה, not as a שיטה: […]