Commentary On the Cooking Of Kids

The following verse is repeated, word for word, letter for letter, ניקוד for ניקוד, and טעם for טעם, in parashiyos Mishpatim and Ki Sisa: רֵאשִׁ֗ית בִּכּוּרֵי֙ אַדְמָ֣תְךָ֔ תָּבִ֕יא בֵּ֖ית יְקוָ֣ק אֱלֹקיךָ לֹֽא־תְבַשֵּׁ֥ל גְּדִ֖י בַּחֲלֵ֥ב אִמּֽוֹ׃ Oddly, ArtScroll’s translation of the verse varies considerably, if not necessarily substantively, between the two instances: The choicest first fruit […]

Calves and Coins

My weekly halachah column: During the episode of the Golden Calf, Aharon seemingly goes along with the mob’s frenzy, to the point of proclaiming that “Tomorrow is a feast to ‘Hashem’” (32:5), apparently intending an idolatrous feast. The Ibn Ezra struggles greatly to reconcile Aharon’s conduct in this episode in general, and in this proclamation […]

Lateral Thinking Revisited

About three and a half years ago, we discussed the Riddle Of the Loaves, an ancient puzzle about the equitable distribution of five coins paid by a traveler to two others who shared their bread with him, where one originally had two loaves, the other three, and the trio shared the bread equally. We noted […]