Justice Denied Revisited

Around this time last year, we discussed the controversy over the theological correctness of the phrase “ולוקח נפשות במשפט” added to ברכת המזון in a house of mourning, in light of the Biblical phrase “וְיֵשׁ נִסְפֶּה בְּלֹא מִשְׁפָּט” and the Talmudic assertion that “יש מיתה בלא חטא”. I have long had a vague sense of […]

Are All His Ways Judgment?

The 5 Towns Jewish Times reported a question recently posed to Rav Chaim Kanievsky regarding whether Jews in Miami should obey evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Irma, followed by his characteristically terse and rather oracular answer: BREAKING VIDEO: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Tells Miami Residents To Leave Their Homes! ‘Sakanah!’ Hurricane Irma’s size and strength […]

Of מקרה and Medicine

My weekly halachah column for this past parashas Behukosai: Parashas Bechukosai begins with Hashem’s promises that if we obey His statutes and commandments, He will bestow upon us all manner of worldly good fortune. The Ramban (26:11) explains that when the Jewish people conduct themselves worthily, “their affairs will not be arranged by nature at […]