Reading Aurora Leigh In Mishpacha

And truly, I reiterate, . . nothing’s small! No lily-muffled hum of a summer-bee, But finds some coupling with the spinning stars; No pebble at your foot, but proves a sphere; No chaffinch, but implies the cherubim: And,–glancing on my own thin, veined wrist,– In such a little tremour of the blood The whole strong […]

They Have Mouths, But They Speak Not; They Have Ears, But They Hear Not

We recently cited the Talmudic account of Rava’s creation of a “man”, and we mentioned Maharsha’s assertion that it did not possess a נשמה. Maharsha infers this from its failure to respond (verbally) to Rabbi Zeira: ולא קמהדר ליה. לפי שכח הנשמה שהוא הדבור לא היה יכול לברוא ולפי שאין בו הנשמה שהוא הרוח העולה […]

A Further Foie Gras Fabrication

Note: This post has been slightly edited shortly after initial publication. From a Seforim blog post of six months ago by R. Dr. Ari Z. Zivotofsky: Foie gras (pronounced “fwä-grä, meaning “fat liver” in French) is the fattened liver of a waterfowl that grew to 5-10 times its usual size due to gavage. Foie gras, […]