The Heart’s Pen

Our previous post discussed the question of whether a telephone conversation fulfills the mitzvah of ביקור חולים. Yesterday, while looking for something else entirely, I serendipitously encountered yet another important discussion of the question, by Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, in which he follows the basic consensus of most poskim (with the exception of R. Asher […]

Visiting Virtually Via Video

I recently encountered what is likely one of the earliest halachic discussions of personal videotelephony – by Rav Yitzchok Yaakov Weiss (the מנחת יצחק), in a responsum to the prolific rabbinic correspondent R. Shalom Yechezkel Shraga Rubin Halberstam (the “Ciechanówer Rebbe”), regarding ביקור חולים – in 5716 (1956)! חכם עדיף מנביא: אולם בנוגע לנידון דידן […]

A Further Foie Gras Fabrication

Note: This post has been slightly edited shortly after initial publication. From a Seforim blog post of six months ago by R. Dr. Ari Z. Zivotofsky: Foie gras (pronounced “fwä-grä, meaning “fat liver” in French) is the fattened liver of a waterfowl that grew to 5-10 times its usual size due to gavage. Foie gras, […]