Guilty Until Proven Innocent

My Fundamental Principle of Parshanus: Any exegetical idea not explicitly contradicted by the Biblical text (and even many that are!) will be proposed by at least one commentator. Here’s a classic example; Rav Shlomo Alkabez cites the suggestions of one R. Yitzhak Cohen that there was actually no royal fiat demanding the girls’ participation in […]

Persians and Their Imperium: At World's End

For C.S., who recently remarked on the blog’s literary eclecticism. Warning – spoiler alert! This post reveals critical plot points of Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, The Foundation Trilogy. The riddle: Seldon said, “… It is enough for the moment that you know that a scientific refuge will be established on Terminus. And another will […]