No Pain, No Gain?

Several months ago, we discussed the assumption of R. Meir Eisenstädter and Rav David Zvi Hoffmann (contra Hasam Sofer) that volunteering for military service (or complying with a draft thereto), even in wartime, is permitted, since there is nothing about such service that necessitates transgressing the halachah: whatever must be done as a matter of […]

Signing Up To Soldier On the Sabbath

In honor of my friend R. LCdr. Eric Kinzbrunner, who (about a dozen years ago) “cut the first piece of [his] wedding cake with his 34-inch Navy sword, which had been ritually cleansed, or toveled, for the occasion“. CS brings to our attention Noah Lang’s determination to become an Orthodox Jewish marine. In Lang’s manifesto, […]

In Praise Of Folly

Disclaimer: The following incident took place a number of years ago, and my account is at best only roughly accurate: I was observing Rav Nissim Karelitz’s קבלת קהל. A very earnest and pious looking אברך approached Rav Nissim with some sort of pullback motor powered toy car, and asked him if operating it was permitted […]