Daughters and Distinctions: Part II

This is the second post in our series on the three invidious distinctions between males and females in the halachah of inheritance. The previous post discussed the rule that a son has precedence over a daughter in inheriting their parents; this one discusses the rule that a father inherits his children but a mother does not. …

Daughters and Distinctions: Part I

For B.E., on the occasion of her birth. The Torah’s laws of inheritance include three invidious (in the sense of “tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy”) distinctions between males and females: A son has precedence over a daughter in inheriting their parents.1 A father inherits his children, but a mother does not. A husband …

Or Else It Does Not Care

R. Daniel Mann writes: Question: I bought something in a store and wanted to return it. The customer service person was reluctant to take it back, but I was persistent and she eventually agreed to it. Was it permitted for me to handle it as I did, or did I violate lo tachmod (I heard …