Ribbis: Reasons and Rationales

R. Yair Hoffman writes: [L]et us try to provide some philosophical explanation for the underlying prohibition of Ribis. Imagine the following scenario: The family lives in the old country. The eldest son has emigrated and has made it to New York and has an apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Another son is […]

Avoiding צרעת Like the Plague

Artscroll declares: For hundreds of years, the popular translation of צרעת [tzaraas] has been “leprosy,” and it was commonly accepted that prevention of the disease’s spread was the reason for the quarantine of a suspected victim of tzaraas and the exclusion from the camp of a confirmed מצורע [metzora], the person smitten with the malady. […]