Round and Square Numbers In the Bible

My weekly halachah column for parashas Bemidbar: In the censuses of parashas Bemidbar and parashas Pinchas, the population totals for almost all the tribes are multiples of one hundred, except for those of the tribe of Gad in the former census and the tribe of Reuvein in the latter. Several commentators assume that these figures …

Of מקרה and Medicine

My weekly halachah column for this past parashas Behukosai: Parashas Bechukosai begins with Hashem’s promises that if we obey His statutes and commandments, He will bestow upon us all manner of worldly good fortune. The Ramban (26:11) explains that when the Jewish people conduct themselves worthily, “their affairs will not be arranged by nature at …

Buying Jewish and עבודה עברית

My weekly halachah column for this past parashas Behar: In parashas Behar (25:14), the Torah commands: “When you make a sale to your fellow or make a purchase from the hand of your fellow, do not aggrieve one another.” While this translation is the plain meaning of the verse, which constitutes a prohibition against certain …