As the Christians Don't …

We recently noted Rav Yosef Shaul Nathanson’s assumption that the non-Jews’ recognition of the notion of intellectual property means that Halachah must also acknowledge the concept. Two other instances of the basic line of argument that we can derive Halachic / moral principles from non-Jewish attitudes toward religion and morality are Rav Yehudah Ha’Hassid’s injunction …

Doing Good and Doing Right

JMDerech asks: I was at the local Judaica store the other day and as always, I headed to the music section of the store. I browsed all the new titles and all the old ones. Looked at sales. Played the “guess which covers were designed by Sruly Meyer” game (it’s usually the good ones). And …

Improving God's Handiwork, With Scalpel and Ether

Tzofia Hirschfeld reports for Ynet (h/t: Hirhurim): Yes, today’s woman of valor wants grace and beauty, and during the International Plastics and Aesthetics Surgery Conference held in Jerusalem, the halacha’s different approaches towards plastic surgery were discussed, as well as the growing demand for such surgeries amongst the ultra-Orthodox sector. “Man was created in the …