The Grape Leaves Of Wrath

Our previous post discussed various applications of the idea that מקום הניחו לי אבותי להתגדר בו. One particularly far-reaching and controversial application of the principle is by Rav Avraham Laniado, brother of the Syrian rabbi Rav Refael Shlomo Laniado, in the context of the great eighteenth century controversy among Sephardic authorities over whether there was […]

More Jewish Than the Sages

Employers and Employees From the selihah אמץ יוסיף, which my congregation recited on day five of the Ten Days of Repentance, and which is apparently recited on Minha of the Day of Atonement in the German rite: פועל עם בעל הבית עושה ובאמונה הוא נוהג בו. צופה לתן שברו מה שבחו ומה טובו. קלקל ונתעצל […]

Fixing Cleopatra’s Nose

A couple of years ago, we discussed the question of the permissibility of plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes, and we noted R. Chaim Jachter’s characteristically excellent discussion of the topic, in which he notes that both Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Ya’akov Breish discuss very similar sounding cases of a young woman who wished to […]