Once More Unto the Tower Of Ensisheim

“The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity.” — Abraham Lincoln This can be a problem with dead tree media, too. A couple of day ago, on Tisha Be’Av, I read this passage in the Artscroll Kinos: From the seat of his rabbinate in Rottenburg, Maharam guided […]

Power From the People

For my friend J.K., whose rejection of the glib assumption that the Torah’s value system neatly aligns with a particular contemporary political position and serious, honest cogitation on these issues are as refreshing as they are rare. I recently published an article and recorded a couple of lectures on halachic perspectives toward democracy; topics discussed […]

Character Assassination III

We have been discussing (part I, part II) Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein’s position that one who destroys another’s career via false slander must compensate the victim for all his future loss of income; one further source that provides some support for such an obligation is an idea attributed to Rav Meir (Maharam) of Rothenberg by several […]