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 Elephant’s Birthday Party and the One True Son: A Study In Forensics

Prof. Eugene Volokh regales us with a translation / paraphrase of the charming Russian folk tale of the Elephant’s Birthday Party: In the story, one of the birthday guests eats all of the elephant’s birthday cake, and the question is who. The marmot offers the following plan: Here, folks, is a magic pot…. Stick your […]