Buying Jewish and עבודה עברית

My weekly halachah column for this past parashas Behar: In parashas Behar (25:14), the Torah commands: “When you make a sale to your fellow or make a purchase from the hand of your fellow, do not aggrieve one another.” While this translation is the plain meaning of the verse, which constitutes a prohibition against certain […]

No Jew Can Serve Two Masters

Here’s an essay I recently published (as a contribution to a collection of commentary on the Haggadah by various contributors) on the halachic anti-slavery principle of עבדי הם, ולא עבדים לעבדים: [docxpresso file=”http://bdld.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/avadim-hayinu.odt” comments=true] [We have previously discussed the views of Rabbeinu Eliyahu and Rabbeinu Tam here, here, here and here.] And here’s a very […]

More Jewish Than the Sages

Employers and Employees From the selihah אמץ יוסיף, which my congregation recited on day five of the Ten Days of Repentance, and which is apparently recited on Minha of the Day of Atonement in the German rite: פועל עם בעל הבית עושה ובאמונה הוא נוהג בו. צופה לתן שברו מה שבחו ומה טובו. קלקל ונתעצל […]