Tuvia Sinned and Zigud Is Punished?! Secondary Liability via Respondeat Superior

Five years ago, we asserted that halachah has no native concept of respondeat superior: [A]s far as I know, Halachah does not generally hold an employer liable for the malfeasance of his employee, so even if the employee had deliberately, physically destroyed the [patron’s property], the only recourse available to the patron would be to […]

Rendering Unto Caesar The Things Which Are Caesar’s

Here are several lectures I have recorded (with accompanying notes) and several articles I have published on the principle of Dina De’Malchusa Dina and related topics, available, as always, from the Internet Archive. [Note that there is considerable, but certainly not total, overlap between the various listed items]: Dina De’Malchusa Dina and Rent Control Legislation […]

You Keep Using That Word – I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

A couple of months ago, we discussed the evolution of the term אירוסין from its classic, technical meaning of a preliminary stage of marriage, to its modern meaning of engagement, and we noted an opinion that disapproves, on Halachic grounds, of the modern usage. My father has shown me that Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach is […]