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 […]

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 […]