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 […]

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 […]

Mens Rea Without Actus Reus

My weekly halachah column for parashas Be’Haalosecha: Parashas Be’Ha’alosecha concludes with the episode of Miriam and Aharon “speaking against” Moshe and the consequent affliction of the former with tzara’as. The Torah later (Devarim 24:9) adjures us to “Remember what Hashem thy G-d did unto Miriam”. The Ramban (Sefer Ha’Mitzvos #7), following the Sifri, understands this […]