The Dextrocardian, Or the Man Whose Heart Was Not In the Right Place

A remarkable, albeit grotesque, example of Polish halachic man: a young man is hospitalized, and the doctors discover that he has dextrocardia (it is unclear whether we are dealing with dextrocardia of embryonic arrest, dextrocardia situs inversus, or even dextrocardia situs inversus totalis). His concern? Upon which arm should he place tefillin! The question is […]

The Truth Is Not Out There

We recently discussed the remarkable view of Rav Yosef Refael Hazan denying the possibility of freeing a שפחה conditionally depending upon a ספיקא דדינא, rooted in his profound understanding of the essential nature of halachah. Turning from the abstract theology to the practical holding, it seems that he is summarily foreclosing the possibility of ever […]