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 […]

Passover Wash Sales

The role that the Stamp Act of 1765 played as a triggering event of the American Revolution is well known; in this post we discuss a connection between stamp acts in general and the Jewish festival of freedom, Passover. As we briefly noted five years ago, the nineteenth century saw a debate over whether a […]

Well, At Least They’ll Make Good Programmers

In honor of C.S. and all the righteous women of Israel (and S.C., who helped1). A provocative, albeit cryptic Yerushalmi: הכל נאמנין על ביעור חמץ אפי’ נשים אפי’ עבדים. ר’ ירמיה בשם ר’ זעירה לית כאן אפי’ נשים. נשים עצמן הן נאמנות מפני שהן עצילות והן בודקות כל שהוא כל שהוא.2 Mainstream halachic tradition interprets […]