Mocking Maharaz

My friend Eliezer Brodt observes: One last small point of interest to me in about the Oz Ve-Hador [edition of מגילת תענית] was that they seem to have no problem with the Maharatz Chayes as they quote his piece on the MT [Megilas Ta’anis] word for word with proper attribution. It would seem they argue […]

Exorcising Demons From the Halachah and the Universe

It is well know that Rambam, in his יד החזקה, somehow manages to avoid codifying any halachah that is rooted in what he (and rationalists generally) consider superstitious nonsense, without directly challenging or rejecting the formulations of Hazal. The archetypal example is his treatment of a pair of sugyos (previously discussed here) that indicate that […]

The Virtue Of Those Common Flowers

[A pendant to this post.] Dracula “That night we were just in time. One more so small child was missing, and we find it, thank God, unharmed amongst the graves. Yesterday I came here before sundown, for at sundown the Un-Dead can move. I waited here all the night till the sun rose, but I […]