It’s the Thought that Counts – Or Is It?

We recently discussed the question of whether the status of רודף requires the intention to cause harm. About seven years ago, I came across the following: LAST WEEK’S RIDDLE How is it שייך that 2 people see a רודף about to attack but only one of them may kill the רודף? ANSWER In one of […]

The Elephant’s Birthday Party and the One True Son: A Study In Forensics

Prof. Eugene Volokh regales us with a translation / paraphrase of the charming Russian folk tale of the Elephant’s Birthday Party: In the story, one of the birthday guests eats all of the elephant’s birthday cake, and the question is who. The marmot offers the following plan: Here, folks, is a magic pot…. Stick your […]

In Defense of Lashon Hara, Part I: Shidduch Lists, Cancer, Depression and Aids

Shidduch Lists The is an ongoing tizzy over the apparent wide dissemination of a “shidduch list” consisting of “over 150 names of bochurim over the age of 25 and are in need of shidduchim”. Much of the expressed opposition (see the comment thread