Theology From the Rocks Whence We Are Hewn

A few years ago, we noted Rav Yitzhak Arama’s vehement rejection of Ramban’s famous adjuration against seeking medical, as opposed to prophetic, counsel and treatment for maladies. I recently encountered another interesting, albeit somewhat more subtle, example of divergence between the latter’s famous and eloquent (albeit deeply problematic and apparently inconsistent) insistence on the all-encompassing […]

Judges and Grudges

The petition of Zelafhad’s daughters to Moshe emphasized that their father “was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin”: א וַתִּקְרַבְנָה בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד, בֶּן-חֵפֶר בֶּן-גִּלְעָד בֶּן-מָכִיר בֶּן-מְנַשֶּׁה, לְמִשְׁפְּחֹת, מְנַשֶּׁה בֶן-יוֹסֵף; וְאֵלֶּה, שְׁמוֹת בְּנֹתָיו–מַחְלָה נֹעָה, וְחָגְלָה וּמִלְכָּה וְתִרְצָה. ב […]