A Ring To Bind Them

We once argued that there is actually no normative halachic objection to, or even custom against, a man directly giving his inamorata an engagement (or any other sort of) ring But as commenters Mendel and Shalom Rosenfeld point out, we missed the stringent position of Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Rav Henkin […]

Rendering Unto Caesar The Things Which Are Caesar’s

Here are several lectures I have recorded (with accompanying notes) and several articles I have published on the principle of Dina De’Malchusa Dina and related topics, available, as always, from the Internet Archive. [Note that there is considerable, but certainly not total, overlap between the various listed items]: Dina De’Malchusa Dina and Rent Control Legislation […]

The Rebellious Elder

S. asks: It is my understanding that the Satmar Rav believes and taught that one must not show hakaras ha-tov to the Medinah (to be fair I think he also taught that one should not benefit from them, but as you point out, everyone does nevertheless). We are also taught that the Satmar Rav’s views […]