The Heart’s Pen

Our previous post discussed the question of whether a telephone conversation fulfills the mitzvah of ביקור חולים. Yesterday, while looking for something else entirely, I serendipitously encountered yet another important discussion of the question, by Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, in which he follows the basic consensus of most poskim (with the exception of R. Asher …

Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People

R. Gil Student recently discussed rabbinic responses to parents who accidentally caused the deaths of their children: Few experiences hurt more than a child’s death. Parents naturally blame themselves at some point in the mourning process but they are not to blame. As we will see, even those few statement in the Talmud about parents’ …