Recalled To Life

Rivash, in his famous criticism of Rambam as having been too interested in Greek philosophy, gives a couple of examples of theological error he deems the latter to have made: ועם כל זה לא נמלט הרב ז”ל מהמשך קצת אחר החכמה בקצת המופתים כגון בבן הצרפתית ובמעמד הר סיני ואולי לא היתה כונתו רק באשר […]

No Pain, No Gain?

Several months ago, we discussed the assumption of R. Meir Eisenstädter and Rav David Zvi Hoffmann (contra Hasam Sofer) that volunteering for military service (or complying with a draft thereto), even in wartime, is permitted, since there is nothing about such service that necessitates transgressing the halachah: whatever must be done as a matter of […]

Frankenstein: Origins

An Account of some Experiments made on the Body of a Criminal immediately after Execution, with Physiological and Practical Observations. By Andrew Ure, M.D.M.G.S. Read at the Glasgow Literary Society, Dec. 10, 1818 Convulsions accidentally observed in the limbs of dead frogs, originally suggested to Galvani, the study of certain phenomena, which from him have […]