Recalled To Life

Rivash, in his famous criticism of Rambam as having been too interested in Greek philosophy, gives a couple of examples of theological error he deems the latter to have made: ועם כל זה לא נמלט הרב ז”ל מהמשך קצת אחר החכמה בקצת המופתים כגון בבן הצרפתית ובמעמד הר סיני ואולי לא היתה כונתו רק באשר […]

Terminally Ill Animals and Dead Horses

Rashba and Rivash A celebrated assertion of a conclusive presumption in Halachah is the position of Rashba and Rivash that Hazal’s declaration that a טריפה cannot live more than twelve months is absolutely and indubitably true, and that if witnesses testify to a counterexample, we flatly deny their assertion, maintaining that Hazal are certainly correct […]