Price Gouging the Desperate

A famous scene from Shakespeare’s Richard III: ACT V SCENE IV. Another part of the field. Alarum: excursions. Enter NORFOLK and forces fighting; to him CATESBY CATESBY Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue! The king enacts more wonders than a man, Daring an opposite to every danger: His horse is slain, and all on […]

The בעל מוסר and the Bard

Rav Shlomo Wolbe, in the midst of a characteristically eloquent and passionate – and uncompromisingly hard-line – essay insisting on the preservation of the independence and purity of the Haredi Yeshivos in Israel, lets slip a reminder that he was once (August) Wilhelm Wolbe (or Gustav Karl Friedrich Wolbe), a student at the University of […]

Art and Literature In the United Kindgom

I recently returned from a visit to the United Kingdom, where I saw a matinée performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 at the reconstructed Globe theater. In two key scenes, Falstaff eloquently declares his preference for life over honor. The first occurs on the eve of the climactic battle: Honor prickes me on. But […]