With Apologies To the Meiri

Just today, I read Prof. Marc Shapiro’s account of an apparently serious error by Rav Yehudah (Mahari) Aszod,1 who takes at face value a responsum of Hasam Sofer2 discussing a religious custom described as prevalent in “ארץ הודו”, and therefore distinguishes between that custom and an apparently similar Christian one, arguing that the latter is …

As the Christians Don't …

We recently noted Rav Yosef Shaul Nathanson’s assumption that the non-Jews’ recognition of the notion of intellectual property means that Halachah must also acknowledge the concept. Two other instances of the basic line of argument that we can derive Halachic / moral principles from non-Jewish attitudes toward religion and morality are Rav Yehudah Ha’Hassid’s injunction …

The Horologio

For Wolf2191 and Andy, who recently brought Rav Ya’akov Emden’s remarkably pluralist attitude to my attention, and Kevin, who epitomizes the sort of man who inspired Rav Emden and Rav Hazan to write the way they did. There has recently been a great deal of discussion about the permissibility for Jews of entering churches. A …