Passover Wash Sales

The role that the Stamp Act of 1765 played as a triggering event of the American Revolution is well known; in this post we discuss a connection between stamp acts in general and the Jewish festival of freedom, Passover. As we briefly noted five years ago, the nineteenth century saw a debate over whether a […]

More Mocking Of Maharaz

Our previous post considered R. Dr. Meir Hershkowitz’s analysis of Rav Yosef Shaul Nathanson’s savage criticism of Rav Zvi Hirsch (Maharaz) Hajes; in this post we consider the even more intemperate libel of the man (also noted by R. Dr. Hershkowitz) by the vehement reactionary Rav Akiva Yosef Schlesinger, who urges the religiously serious to […]

True Neutrality

Our previous post noted the idea, attributed to the Sanzer Rav, that Zelafhad’s daughters’ assurance to Moshe that their father had not been involved in Korah’s rebellion constituted “verbal bribery” and thus triggered his recusal from their petition. It turns out (unsurprisingly) that this exegesis is actually at least a millennium old, with its first […]