Ensuring That Good Deeds Go Unpunished

Rabbi Mark Dratch writes: Moral development theorist Lawrence Kohlberg presented the following dilemma in order to measure the sophistication of a person’s moral thinking: In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that […]

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 […]

“Squeezing the Rich”, Or Stopping Them From “Flaying the Poor”?

Halachic and Hashkafic Perspectives On Rent Control Legislation I recently gave a lecture on the intersection of native Halachah, Minhag and Dina De’Malchusa, using the (primarily) twentieth-century Halachic literature on rent control legislation as a case study. The discussion comprises some basic consideration of the theoretical justification, as well as the practical contours, of the […]