He Said, She Said

I am fascinated by the unfolding Brett Kavanaugh – Christine Blasey Ford drama – this is quintessential “he said – she said”, in its almost purest form. In my lecture(s) for this past year’s parashas Vayeshev,1 with its archetypal narrative of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, I broached a highly speculative argument for granting some credibility […]

Voting One’s Conscience

Dylan Matthews, in a Washington Post “Wonkblog” post, illustrates the concept of “strategic”, “tactical”, or “insincere” voting1: Why is Harry Reid always voting against his own plans? Forty U.S. senators voted to block a final vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary. Of those, 39 were Republicans opposed to the nomination, at least […]

G-d Damn It!: Jewish, Christian, and Legal Perspectives

Several days ago, we discussed R. Chaim Ozer Grodzinski’s responsum on printing Hashem’s name in a language other than Hebrew in newspapers. Here is my halachah column for this week: In parashas Re’eh, Hashem commands us to obliterate the names of other gods, but “You shall not do this to Hashem, your G-d.” (12:3-4) One […]