Moshe Rabbeinu: A Life

R. Yitzchok Adlerstein writes: One of the meforshim of the Hagadah comments on מתחילה עובדי ע”ז היו אבותינו, תרח Was Terach one of the avos? Well, yes! From Terach, Avraham learned that there was a higher power, even if Terach got it completely wrong. R. Adlerstein unfortunately does not name the commentator in question, but […]

Is It Better To Be Feared Than Loved?

A half dozen years ago we discussed the idea of Pinhas (and) Eliyahu’s unsuitability for leadership roles due to the incompatibility of zealousness with leadership. My friend M.W. recently pointed out to me that Rav Reuven Katz develops this idea further, asserting that zealotry is only acceptable as a הוראת שעה, not as a שיטה: […]

Looking Unto the Rock Whence We Are Hewn and To the Hole Of the Pit Whence We Are Digged

From a recent post to the Seforim blog by Prof. Marc Shapiro: However, as far as I know, no one prior to Hirschensohn claimed that prophets could make errors in basic theological points. Yet Hirschensohn’s argument is very strong, for his proof is from Cain. Cain must be regarded as a prophet, as God spoke […]