Theft and Thaumaturgy II

The previous post in this series discussed the idea that Rachel stole Lavan’s תרפים in order to prevent them from informing Lavan of her family’s flight; this post discusses the other main traditional explanation of her theft, that the תרפים were idols worshipped by Lavan, and Rachel stole them to wean him from idolatry. בראשית […]

Theft and Thaumaturgy I

After breakfast was over, the ogre called out, “Wife, wife, bring me my golden harp.” So she brought it and put it on the table before him. Then he said, “Sing!” and the golden harp sang most beautifully. And it went on singing till the ogre fell asleep, and commenced to snore like thunder. Then […]

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 […]