Sense and Sensibility

Rav Aharon Levin (the Reisher Rav) asserts the need to follow the head over the heart in the spheres of civil and criminal jurisprudence: ועשית הישר והטוב בעיני ד’ למען ייטב לך ובאת וירשת את הארץ הטובה אשר נשבע ד’ לאבותיך. כבר כתבתי למעלה בפרשת וירא מאמר פ”ג, ששנים המה הכחות המשפיעים על הילוך מעשה […]

Tortfeasance While Under the Influence

From a study titled Alcohol and Sexual Assault, in the journal Alcohol Research & Health (h/t: babe): [H]eavy drinkers may routinely use intoxication as an excuse for engaging in socially unacceptable behavior, including sexual assault … In fact, some men may purposely get drunk when they want to act sexually aggressive, knowing that intoxication will […]

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 […]