Our Perfect Torah Vs. Their Worthless Chatter

Our previous post cited an excerpt of an interview with R. J. David Bleich; the immediate continuation of the interview is also interesting: You’ve written much on the intersection between halacha and American law. What would you say are some of the major general differences between these two systems of law? There’s nothing general. There […]

Sense and Sensibility

Rav Aharon Levin (the Reisher Rav) asserts the need to follow the head over the heart in the spheres of civil and criminal jurisprudence: ועשית הישר והטוב בעיני ד’ למען ייטב לך ובאת וירשת את הארץ הטובה אשר נשבע ד’ לאבותיך. כבר כתבתי למעלה בפרשת וירא מאמר פ”ג, ששנים המה הכחות המשפיעים על הילוך מעשה […]

Follow-Up to a Footnote On Philippa Foot and the Fat Man

Our previous post cited Philippa Foot‘s discussion of “the story, well known to philosophers, of the fat man stuck in the mouth of the cave”: A party of potholers has imprudently allowed the fat man to lead them as they make their way out of the cave, and he gets stuck, trapping the others behind […]