Justifiable Homicide, Assault and Retaliation – Part II

We recently discussed some parallels between the Halachah and what had been, until fairly recently, the law in various Southern states excusing a husband or father who murdered the paramour of his wife or daughter. The most fascinating of the legal rationales of the Southern states is the idea that a man shouldn’t be punished …

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 …