Daughters and Distinctions: Part I

For B.E., on the occasion of her birth. The Torah’s laws of inheritance include three invidious (in the sense of “tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy”) distinctions between males and females: A son has precedence over a daughter in inheriting their parents.1 A father inherits his children, but a mother does not. A husband …

Do Two Wrongs Make A Right?

The New York Times recently reported: Report Describes How Armstrong and His Team Eluded Doping Tests By IAN AUSTEN – Published: October 11, 2012 Throughout his career, Lance Armstrong always responded to doping accusations by saying he had been tested for banned substances hundreds of times and never produced a positive result. How could the …

Free and Fair Elections

For C.S., who simply cannot contemplate any Hoshen Mishpat until Thursday evening. Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein considers the legitimacy of the corruption-tainted election of members to a local governing body: ועד שכונה או ועד בית שנתמנו על ידי שוחד שאלה מועצת עיר שחבריה נבחרו על ידי התושבים, ונודע שהמועמדים נעזרו ונבחרו בנתינת שוחד – שהם או …