Women Behind the Wheel II: The Hardliners and Their Discontents

This post is dedicated to the merit of certain people – may Hashem help them do well! Our previous post discussed women riders and drivers in the context of rental animals and vehicles; this post considers the propriety of women driving in general. A recent C-SPAN Q&A: Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist Manal Al-Sharif talks […]

What’s In A Name?

My weekly lectures (available at the Internet Archive) and column for this past פרשת במדבר discussed the legitimacy of the use of non-Jewish names by Jews: In parashas Bemidbar (1:2), Hashem commands Moshe to count the Jews “with the number of their names”. The Sforno explains that this census (as opposed to the one at […]

Flora and Pfingsten

My weekly פרשה lectures and הלכה column for the past פרשיות אחרי מות-קדושים discussed the Biblical prohibition against “walking in the ordinances” of the Gentiles. As I discuss, a debate over the scope and parameters of this prohibition is apparently behind the controversy over the custom (or family of customs) of the arraying of trees, […]