Judges and Grudges

The petition of Zelafhad’s daughters to Moshe emphasized that their father “was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin”: א וַתִּקְרַבְנָה בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד, בֶּן-חֵפֶר בֶּן-גִּלְעָד בֶּן-מָכִיר בֶּן-מְנַשֶּׁה, לְמִשְׁפְּחֹת, מְנַשֶּׁה בֶן-יוֹסֵף; וְאֵלֶּה, שְׁמוֹת בְּנֹתָיו–מַחְלָה נֹעָה, וְחָגְלָה וּמִלְכָּה וְתִרְצָה. ב …

The Feminine Imagination

We have previously noted various assertions in the Halachic tradition that women’s קלות הדעת is the basis for our rejection of their testimony, and that even in contexts where the normal, full set of criteria for validity as a witness are relaxed, this defect still renders their testimony particularly unreliable, Much of the discussion has …

The Female Of the Species

In slightly belated honor of Mother’s Day. Several months ago, I read an article in Binah Magazine, on the topic of women getting along with their mothers-in-law. Although I unfortunately no longer have access to the issue, I recall that the thrust of the article was that although the mother-in-law – daughter-in-law relationship is often …