Spanish Source Criticism

The issue of the complete absence of any reference to God in the Megillah is well known, but the truth is that the question is really much deeper: the Megillah seems to be a purely secular document, with virtually no mention of religion at all! The great fifteenth century commentator Rav Yitzhak Arama gives an …

Doctors, Medicine and Theology

We recently surveyed a number of classic Jewish perspectives on the issue of the propriety and efficacy of human endeavor in general. In this post, we shall consider a particular subtopic, the utilization of the services of physicians and medicine. The two major poles around which much of the subsequent discussion revolves are the famous …

A Very Confusing Religion

Rav Shach (attributed) A story is told about Rav Elazar Shach zt”l, who was once asked if women should learn CPR so that they can respond and act in a situation in which a child would need it. Rav Shach said not to learn it, because Hashem does not put a person in a situation …