A Very Confusing Religion

Rav Shach (attributed) A story is told about Rav Elazar Shach zt”l, who was once asked if women should learn CPR so that they can respond and act in a situation in which a child would need it. Rav Shach said not to learn it, because Hashem does not put a person in a situation […]

Abravanel and Dumas On Honor

Some cultures have had (and some still have) curious notions about the relative values of life and personal honor. This is illustrated by the following excerpt of the unpromising beginnings of one of literature’s most celebrated fraternities: THE SHOULDER OF ATHOS, THE BALDRIC OF PORTHOS AND THE HANDKERCHIEF OF ARAMIS D’Artagnan, in a state of […]

Abravanel and Locke On The Right To Revolution

Professor Ilya Somin recently discussed the question of the existence of a right to secession. From his thoughtful piece: The Constitution is famously silent on the issue of secession. It doesn’t explicitly guarantee states a right to secede, but also doesn’t explicitly forbid secession. Interestingly, the Articles of Confederation explicitly stated that the union is […]