The Grape Leaves Of Wrath

Our previous post discussed various applications of the idea that מקום הניחו לי אבותי להתגדר בו. One particularly far-reaching and controversial application of the principle is by Rav Avraham Laniado, brother of the Syrian rabbi Rav Refael Shlomo Laniado, in the context of the great eighteenth century controversy among Sephardic authorities over whether there was […]

Room Of One’s Own

Our previous post discussed a dispute between Rav Shlomo Yehudah Tabak and the Satmar Rav (among others) over the problem of the female gaze in general and the design of synagogue women’s sections in particular. We cited R. Tabak’s invocation of the principle of מקום הניחו לי אבותי להתגדר בו in defense of his advocacy […]

Devil’s Advocacy and Dialectic

From a 2013 New York Magazine interview with the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia: [Scalia:] I am something of a contrarian, I suppose. I feel less comfortable when everybody agrees with me. I say, “I better reexamine my position!” I probably believe that the worst opinions in my court have been unanimous. Because there’s nobody […]