וכל מעשיך בספר נכתבים

We recently deployed the Piwik web analytics framework to track our readership. For more information, see our privacy page. Apropos to the topic of communications privacy, here are (in rough chronological order) four lectures and an article I recently recorded and published, available at the Internet Archive: Reading Other’s Mail [studio lecture] Reading Other’s Mail …

The “Reckless Partier” Defense

We have previously discussed the “reckless partier” defense – a halachic exemption from liability for torts perpetrated in the course of customarily boisterous celebration (e.g., on Purim, or at a wedding). The primary early source for this is a ruling of Tosafos (based on Rashi’s interpretation of a Mishnah), echoed throughout the French-German halachic tradition: …

Ensuring That Good Deeds Go Unpunished

Rabbi Mark Dratch writes: Moral development theorist Lawrence Kohlberg presented the following dilemma in order to measure the sophistication of a person’s moral thinking: In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that …