Marrying For Looks and Money

Almost a decade ago, we noted that at least a couple of the רודפי הפשט take for granted that Jacob fell in love with Rachel due to her beauty. I recently discovered that this assumption appears in the halachic literature as well: Rav Yaakov Reischer invokes it to infer that marrying for looks or money […]

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 […]