Seeing Is Believing

R. Shlomo Aviner A while ago, we noted Rav Shlomo Aviner’s rejection of [the] admissibility [of tissue forensics] for the determination of bastardy, due to the fact that in spite of their undeniably high reliability, the evidence is imperceptible to the naked eye, and can only be analyzed via microscopes and scientific technique R. Mordechai […]

From Forensics To Philosophy

In preparation for a lecture I recently gave on halachic perspectives toward the determination of identity and paternity via forensic tissue examination, I reviewed Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg’s famous treatment of several agunah cases resulting from the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center, in which he wholeheartedly endorses the reliance upon D.N.A. […]

Über formal unentscheidbare Sätze der Halachah

For my father, who has long been fascinated by the application of the ideas of Kurt Gödel to the Torah. Well, and wherefore shall it daunt me, when ’tis I myself am tasked, When, by weakness weakness questioned, weakly answers—weakly asked? Weakness never needs be falseness: truth is truth in each degree —Thunderpealed by God […]