Tempering Justice With Mercy

The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The thronèd monarch better than his crown. His scepter shows the force of temporal power, The …

The Rabbi and the Lady

The story is as old and as sad as Time itself, and Rav David Zvi Hoffmann’s evocative telling of this nineteenth century German version is vivid and poignant. A girl, “famed throughout the city for her beauty”, the daughter of a very poor but honest and upright father, leaves the stability and security of her …

Motherhood and Justice

Ann Gerhart argues that The Supreme Court needs more mothers: But in selecting Kagan, Obama ensured that one key demographic would actually lose representation on the court, compared with its membership just a few years ago: mothers, a category in which 80 percent of American women eventually land. It’s not like we’ve never had moms …