The Spousal Travel Veto

Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein rules that a wife may exercise a veto against her husband’s plan to travel to a region that she considers dangerous: he is prohibited from flouting her will, and if he does so for the purpose of visiting the graves of the righteous, it will be considered a מצוה הבאה בעבירה, and […]

Buckbeak in the Dock

For C.S., who provided me with the volume from which our opening case study is drawn. Buckbeak and His Defense Team In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the obnoxious and supercilious Draco Malfoy foolishly and boorishly insults Buckbeak the hippogriff, and instantly receives his richly deserved comeuppance: Trotting toward them were a dozen […]