Finding the Balance Between Jurisprudential Sensitivity and Specificity

For C.S., who drew my attention to the similarity between Blackstone’s formulation and that of Maimonides. God, in this past week’s Parshah: מִדְּבַר-שֶׁקֶר, תִּרְחָק; וְנָקִי וְצַדִּיק אַל-תַּהֲרֹג, כִּי לֹא-אַצְדִּיק רָשָׁע.1 Rambam, in explanation of the above verse: שהזהירנו שלא לחתוך הגדרים באומד הדעת החזק ואפילו היה קרוב אל האמת. כמו שיהיה אדם ירדפהו שונאו להרגו […]

"The Spirit He Breathed In Man Is Free" – The Theodicy of Maimonides and Kipling

Prof. Menachem Kellner writes: Rambam also made it clear that (just as traffic accidents don’t just “happen,” but are caused, so) most of the evil from which we suffer is the result of human stupidity and cupidity; the fires were started by stupid kids literally playing with fire, but they spread so disastrously because too […]