Signing Up To Soldier On the Sabbath

In honor of my friend R. LCdr. Eric Kinzbrunner, who (about a dozen years ago) “cut the first piece of [his] wedding cake with his 34-inch Navy sword, which had been ritually cleansed, or toveled, for the occasion“. CS brings to our attention Noah Lang’s determination to become an Orthodox Jewish marine. In Lang’s manifesto, […]

The Voice Of Gladness

For L.O., on becoming S.B. Here are a series of four lectures that I have recorded on four folio of פרק רבי אליעזר דמילה: 132 – Agency and Circumcision 133 – Imitatio Dei 134 – Circumcision Of Red and Green Infants 135 – Preemies And Incubators: Halachic Perspectives Here is a mini-חבורה of mine, the […]

The Reliability Of the Moral-Intellectual Compass

A recent discussion on the putative attitude of some (religiously traditional) Jews that the more sense something makes, the less “frum” it is: R. Natan Slifkin: Pesach is approaching, which means that many people will be obsessing over the size of the olive-sized amount of matzah which is the minimum quantity to be consumed at […]