Rights and Responsibilities

Over Shavuos, I read Rebbetzin Feige Twerski’s explanation of the misguidededness of the modern feminist push for religious egalitarianism, in which she asserts a fundamental distinction between the Torah’s value system and that of modern American society: The Equality Debate Professor Elaine Viders from Touro Law School posits that the fact that the underpinning of […]

More Spontaneous Hebrew (and Other Languages)

[A follow-up to this post.] Mississippi Fred MacDowell notes that versions of our legend are found in Herodotus: Now the Egyptians, before the reign of their king Psammetichus, believed themselves to be the most ancient of mankind. Since Psammetichus, however, made an attempt to discover who were actually the primitive race, they have been of […]

Spontaneous Hebrew

About nine months ago, I noticed Rav Yosef Messas’s vitriolic dismissal of the legend that a child left unexposed to any language will automatically develop the ability to speak fluent Hebrew: עוד כתבת. כי דרש חד גלילאה במחנכם קדוש. כי לשון עברי. הוא מוטבע בטבע האדם. שאם לא נשמיע לילד שום דבור. מיום צאתו מרחם. […]