"The Spirit He Breathed In Man Is Free" – The Theodicy of Maimonides and Kipling

Prof. Menachem Kellner writes: Rambam also made it clear that (just as traffic accidents don’t just “happen,” but are caused, so) most of the evil from which we suffer is the result of human stupidity and cupidity; the fires were started by stupid kids literally playing with fire, but they spread so disastrously because too …

Wine, Beer and the Pierian Spring

For Andy, who is fond of Pope’s maxim,. and who first drew my attention to the נר מצוה. Alexander Pope enjoins: A little Learning is a dang’rous Thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring: There shallow Draughts intoxicate the Brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.1 The fascinating, great Moroccan Rabbi, Rav Yosef …