Daughters and Distinctions: Part II

This is the second post in our series on the three invidious distinctions between males and females in the halachah of inheritance. The previous post discussed the rule that a son has precedence over a daughter in inheriting their parents; this one discusses the rule that a father inherits his children but a mother does not. …

The Oldest Profession, In the Days Of Old

In my recent talk on repentance and the struggle against temptation, I cited a stanza from one of my favorite selihos, Rav Binyamin b. Zerah’s הורית דרך תשובה (which we recited this morning [צום גדליה]): מחלל יצועי יולדו אשר פחז כמים. נטיו רגליו כמעט לולי שפך לב כמים. סרח גור אריה בקדשה היא בעינים. עונו …