Tuvia Sinned and Zigud Is Punished?! Secondary Liability via Respondeat Superior

Five years ago, we asserted that halachah has no native concept of respondeat superior: [A]s far as I know, Halachah does not generally hold an employer liable for the malfeasance of his employee, so even if the employee had deliberately, physically destroyed the [patron’s property], the only recourse available to the patron would be to […]

The Virtue Of Those Common Flowers

[A pendant to this post.] Dracula “That night we were just in time. One more so small child was missing, and we find it, thank God, unharmed amongst the graves. Yesterday I came here before sundown, for at sundown the Un-Dead can move. I waited here all the night till the sun rose, but I […]

Blessing the Fashioner Of Man In the House Of the Fashioner Of Man

I recently read several responsa on the bitterly controversial nineteenth century question of holding weddings in synagogues, including one that is probably the most famous treatment of the subject, by Hasam Sofer, and another rather less well know pair, by Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. Much of their technical analysis revolves around the descriptions of traditional […]