Buying Jewish and עבודה עברית

My weekly halachah column for this past parashas Behar: In parashas Behar (25:14), the Torah commands: “When you make a sale to your fellow or make a purchase from the hand of your fellow, do not aggrieve one another.” While this translation is the plain meaning of the verse, which constitutes a prohibition against certain […]

Out With the Old, In With the New

In the parashah lectures I delivered last week, I discussed the practice of R. Nosson Adler (of Frankfurt), recorded by his reverential disciple Hasam Sofer, to avoid calling up to the Torah for the aliyah of Levi on the holiday of Succos one who consumes hadash, since by that time of the year, hadash barley […]

Parashas Kedoshim: A Man’s Word Is His Bond

My weekly halachah column: In parashas Kedoshim (19:36), the Torah commands: “Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have”. The plain meaning of hin is a particular measure of volume, but the Talmud (Bava Metzia 49) interprets the word hermeneutically in the sense of hen (“yes”), and thereby derives […]