Automatic Agency

My weekly halachah column for parashas Shelah: Parashas Shelach (15:21) contains the commandment to separate challah: “Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto Hashem an heave offering in your generations.” The challah that is separated is given to a Cohen; in contemporary times, it is burned. Normally, separating challah is the prerogative […]

Red Tape

A number of major nineteenth century European Aharonim discuss the validity of a transaction for the sale of Hamez which is not recognized by the secular government;1 a similar, and potentially even more serious, albeit less discussed, problem exists with the standard contemporary version of the Rabbinically mandated marriage settlement document, the כתובה. From the […]