I recently read several responsa on the bitterly controversial nineteenth century question of holding weddings in synagogues, including one that is probably the most famous treatment of the subject, by Hasam Sofer, and another rather less well know pair, by Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. Much of their technical analysis revolves around the descriptions of traditional […]
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[With apologies to Zadie Smith.] Introducing Smallpox For all those worrying about Shidduchim, love, or life in general, just remember – it could always be worse. At least we’ve eradicated smallpox; ironically, this most monstrous of God’s creations is the only disease that we’ve managed to eradicate: Smallpox is believed to have emerged in human […]