A Further Foie Gras Fabrication

Note: This post has been slightly edited shortly after initial publication. From a Seforim blog post of six months ago by R. Dr. Ari Z. Zivotofsky: Foie gras (pronounced “fwä-grä, meaning “fat liver” in French) is the fattened liver of a waterfowl that grew to 5-10 times its usual size due to gavage. Foie gras, […]

Frankenstein: Origins

An Account of some Experiments made on the Body of a Criminal immediately after Execution, with Physiological and Practical Observations. By Andrew Ure, M.D.M.G.S. Read at the Glasgow Literary Society, Dec. 10, 1818 Convulsions accidentally observed in the limbs of dead frogs, originally suggested to Galvani, the study of certain phenomena, which from him have […]

He Prayeth Best, Who Loveth Best All Things Both Great and Small

In the course of a lengthy and intricate analysis of the prohibition of צער בעלי חיים, R. Yaakov Ze’ev Kahana prohibits dog baiting, even by non-Jews: לכן אותן האנשים המבלים זמנן בשחוק שמשסין כלבים על חזירים או על שאר ב”ח בוודאי עתידין לתן את הדין ואפילו העושים שחוק על ידי נכרי גם כן אינו נכון […]