Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People

R. Gil Student recently discussed rabbinic responses to parents who accidentally caused the deaths of their children: Few experiences hurt more than a child’s death. Parents naturally blame themselves at some point in the mourning process but they are not to blame. As we will see, even those few statement in the Talmud about parents’ […]

Tortfeasance While Under the Influence

From a study titled Alcohol and Sexual Assault, in the journal Alcohol Research & Health (h/t: babe): [H]eavy drinkers may routinely use intoxication as an excuse for engaging in socially unacceptable behavior, including sexual assault … In fact, some men may purposely get drunk when they want to act sexually aggressive, knowing that intoxication will […]

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 […]