Sotah and the Fifth Amendment

This past Shabbas, I noticed an utterly astounding passage in Abravanel’s commentary to the Parshah. The context is a Sotah whom we successfully pressure into confessing her guilt prior to the erasure of the Divine name; the standard view, implied by the Mishnah and Rambam’s codification thereof, is that the consequences to her are limited …

Rights and Responsibilities

Over Shavuos, I read Rebbetzin Feige Twerski’s explanation of the misguidededness of the modern feminist push for religious egalitarianism, in which she asserts a fundamental distinction between the Torah’s value system and that of modern American society: The Equality Debate Professor Elaine Viders from Touro Law School posits that the fact that the underpinning of …

Our Complete Torah vs. Their Idle Chatter – Influences Of Secular Law and Politics On the Halachah

I gave a lecture with this title earlier today; audio and source sheets, in various file formats, are available at the Internet Archive. Many of the sources that I discuss have been previously discussed on the blog (here, here, here and here) but there is also novel material. Of particular interest are a couple of …