Price Gouging the Desperate

A famous scene from Shakespeare’s Richard III: ACT V SCENE IV. Another part of the field. Alarum: excursions. Enter NORFOLK and forces fighting; to him CATESBY CATESBY Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue! The king enacts more wonders than a man, Daring an opposite to every danger: His horse is slain, and all on […]

The “Reckless Partier” Defense

We have previously discussed the “reckless partier” defense – a halachic exemption from liability for torts perpetrated in the course of customarily boisterous celebration (e.g., on Purim, or at a wedding). The primary early source for this is a ruling of Tosafos (based on Rashi’s interpretation of a Mishnah), echoed throughout the French-German halachic tradition: […]

The Misspent Youth Of Gilon Tzufriedenzucher

For E.R., who’s smart enough to know what we’re really good at. The pathetic tale of Gilon Tzufriedenzucher, who spent his youth desperately striving for satisfaction and personal fulfillment via athletic achievement, only to be frustrated by the superior jumping ability of the average alley cat and the swimming ability of the average carp: סיפור […]