Commentary On the Cooking Of Kids

The following verse is repeated, word for word, letter for letter, ניקוד for ניקוד, and טעם for טעם, in parashiyos Mishpatim and Ki Sisa: רֵאשִׁ֗ית בִּכּוּרֵי֙ אַדְמָ֣תְךָ֔ תָּבִ֕יא בֵּ֖ית יְקוָ֣ק אֱלֹקיךָ לֹֽא־תְבַשֵּׁ֥ל גְּדִ֖י בַּחֲלֵ֥ב אִמּֽוֹ׃ Oddly, ArtScroll’s translation of the verse varies considerably, if not necessarily substantively, between the two instances: The choicest first fruit […]

Eggs and Experimentation

Scientific American sets forth “an egg-cellent activity from Science Buddies”: How do animals, such as chickens, which develop inside an egg outside of their mothers’ bodies and therefore do not have umbilical cords, take in oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide? Bird and reptile eggs have a hard shell. Directly under the shell are […]

The Herem Against R. Hezekiah the Harif

About a year ago, as I prepared to begin a course of study in יורה דעה, I attempted to purchase a copy of the פרי חדש. The couple of seforim stores that I visited did not have a standalone copy available; the only copy I could find was one printed in the back of one […]