Signing Up To Soldier On the Sabbath

In honor of my friend R. LCdr. Eric Kinzbrunner, who (about a dozen years ago) “cut the first piece of [his] wedding cake with his 34-inch Navy sword, which had been ritually cleansed, or toveled, for the occasion“. CS brings to our attention Noah Lang’s determination to become an Orthodox Jewish marine. In Lang’s manifesto, […]

The Songs of the Prophetesses and Risky Circumcisions

I currently deliver a weekly lecture (usually two versions thereof) on topics related to the coming week’s Torah reading, and write a short weekly column on halachic topics related to the same (the latter is usually a condensed, written version of the former). I intend to begin posting these regularly here. For פסח, my weekly […]

Risking One’s Life For Fun and Profit

There is a well known medrash that Esav murdered Nimrod out of lust for the latter’s wonderful Hunter’s Garment: ר’ מאיר אומר עשו ראה את הכתנת על נמרוד שהיו מצויירין עליה כל החיות והעופות שבעולם ונראין כאלו הן חיין וכשהיו בשדה היו באין אצלו וניצודין מאליהן וחמדה אותה בלבו והרגו ולקחה ממנו וכשלבש אותה נעשה […]