Liebes On Women’s Lib

C.S. notes this New York Times article on the history of the title “Ms.”: In the Nov. 10, 1901, edition of The Sunday Republican of Springfield, Mass., tucked away in an item at the bottom of Page 4, an unnamed writer put forth a modest proposal. “There is a void in the English language which, […]

King Hamlet Revisited

In last week’s Parshah we read about the laws of the Goel Hadam. I recently cited this excerpt from Hamlet, in which the Ghost demands that Hamlet accept the role of Goel Hadam with respect to his murder, to which the latter enthusiastically acquiesces: Ghost List, list, O, list! If thou didst ever thy dear […]

Justifiable Homicide, Assault and Retaliation – Part II

We recently discussed some parallels between the Halachah and what had been, until fairly recently, the law in various Southern states excusing a husband or father who murdered the paramour of his wife or daughter. The most fascinating of the legal rationales of the Southern states is the idea that a man shouldn’t be punished […]