No Pain, No Gain?

Several months ago, we discussed the assumption of R. Meir Eisenstädter and Rav David Zvi Hoffmann (contra Hasam Sofer) that volunteering for military service (or complying with a draft thereto), even in wartime, is permitted, since there is nothing about such service that necessitates transgressing the halachah: whatever must be done as a matter of […]

Of Rabbinic Wills and Halachic Ways

In the course of my study of the various reasons proposed for the Biblical prohibition of ריבית, I encountered this famous (or notorious) passage in the תורה תמימה: והנה דבר ידוע הוא, שבדורות האחרונים המציאו היתר הלואה ברבית בהיתר עיסקא שנבאר ענינו בסמוך, ולכאורה דבר פלא הוא שלא מצינו כל רמז קל בתורה להמצאת היתר […]

Ribbis: Reasons and Rationales

R. Yair Hoffman writes: [L]et us try to provide some philosophical explanation for the underlying prohibition of Ribis. Imagine the following scenario: The family lives in the old country. The eldest son has emigrated and has made it to New York and has an apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Another son is […]