The Grape Leaves Of Wrath

Our previous post discussed various applications of the idea that מקום הניחו לי אבותי להתגדר בו. One particularly far-reaching and controversial application of the principle is by Rav Avraham Laniado, brother of the Syrian rabbi Rav Refael Shlomo Laniado, in the context of the great eighteenth century controversy among Sephardic authorities over whether there was […]

A Man Hath No Preeminence Above A Beast

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein relates: Before leaving for summer vacation, members of the [Harvard] department of philosophy once selected Protagoras’ “Man is the measure of all things” as the inscription for a new building. Upon their return, they discovered that President Eliot had substituted “What is man that Thou art mindful of him?”1 I recently encountered […]

R. Shimon Shezuri and Statistical Sampling

From Wikipedia: In statistics, quality assurance, and survey methodology, sampling is the selection of a subset (a statistical sample) of individuals from within a statistical population to estimate characteristics of the whole population. Two advantages of sampling are that the cost is lower and data collection is faster than measuring the entire population. Does halachah […]