Our Complete Torah vs. Their Idle Chatter – Influences Of Secular Law and Politics On the Halachah

I gave a lecture with this title earlier today; audio and source sheets, in various file formats, are available at the Internet Archive. Many of the sources that I discuss have been previously discussed on the blog (here, here, here and here) but there is also novel material. Of particular interest are a couple of […]

Satire, Parody and the Fair Use Doctrine

The Jewish blogosphere (and the Huffington Post, too) was lately abuzz over the Maccabeat’s new single, Candlelight (YouTube video, iTunes). As noted on the Jewish Insights blog, the song is Based on Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” and Mike Tompkins’ a cappella version. That’s for sure – the Maccabeats are certainly indebted to Cruz (YouTube) for the […]