The Halachic Implications of Ghosts

There is a common trope in Western folklore that the spirit of a murdered man may experience unrest, being possessed of the desire and even need for justice or vengeance against the murderer. From Hamlet: Ghost: Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing To what I shall unfold. HAMLET: Speak; I am bound to […]

Private Utility and Value in Halacha

Machon Mishnas Rav Aharon recently republished the sefer Din Emes, by Rav Yitzhak Navon1. Here’s the last piece in the responsa section: שאלה ראובן שהפקיד אצל שמעון את טבעתו אשר הוא חקוק שמו עליו ונאבד הטבעת בפשיעה, וראובן טוען שישלם לו גם דמי החקיקה, ושמעון משיב שאינו חייב לשלם אלא דמי הטבעת והאבן ולא דמי […]

Dr. Delbarko and the Sawmill

In Case Studies in Jewish Business Ethics, Rabbi Aaron Levine discusses the following case: Some of Delbarko’s patients suffer from a high blood pressure condition. The drug Dr. Delbarko prescribes for this condition is the brand-name drug called Calan. One day, Ari Frailey, one of Delbarko’s patients on Calan, surprised the doctor by angrily asking […]