Parashas Kedoshim: A Man’s Word Is His Bond

My weekly halachah column: In parashas Kedoshim (19:36), the Torah commands: “Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have”. The plain meaning of hin is a particular measure of volume, but the Talmud (Bava Metzia 49) interprets the word hermeneutically in the sense of hen (“yes”), and thereby derives […]

A Man's Word Is His Bond

From Fortune Magazine’s “adapted excerpt” of David Kirkpatrick’s new book, The Facebook Effect: the Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World (h/t: Keach Hagey, at Politico): As soon as word got out that Facebook was contemplating an investment, the Silicon Valley greed machine kicked into high gear. By February, 12 venture capital […]