Exploring and Colonizing The Final Frontier

For my friend Dr. Jeremy Schnittman (obviously.) Is the Torah positive, neutral or negative toward the exploration and colonization of outer space? R. (Dr.) Nahum Eliezer Rabinovitch, in a brief analysis published in 5762 [1962], at the height of the space race and the Cold War, deems such exploration innocent at least when engaged in …

Exorcising Demons From the Halachah and the Universe

It is well know that Rambam, in his יד החזקה, somehow manages to avoid codifying any halachah that is rooted in what he (and rationalists generally) consider superstitious nonsense, without directly challenging or rejecting the formulations of Hazal. The archetypal example is his treatment of a pair of sugyos (previously discussed here) that indicate that …

The Reliability Of the Moral-Intellectual Compass

A recent discussion on the putative attitude of some (religiously traditional) Jews that the more sense something makes, the less “frum” it is: R. Natan Slifkin: Pesach is approaching, which means that many people will be obsessing over the size of the olive-sized amount of matzah which is the minimum quantity to be consumed at …