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. […]

The Feminine Imagination

We have previously noted various assertions in the Halachic tradition that women’s קלות הדעת is the basis for our rejection of their testimony, and that even in contexts where the normal, full set of criteria for validity as a witness are relaxed, this defect still renders their testimony particularly unreliable, Much of the discussion has […]

The Female Of the Species

In slightly belated honor of Mother’s Day. Several months ago, I read an article in Binah Magazine, on the topic of women getting along with their mothers-in-law. Although I unfortunately no longer have access to the issue, I recall that the thrust of the article was that although the mother-in-law – daughter-in-law relationship is often […]