No Jew Can Serve Two Masters

Here’s an essay I recently published (as a contribution to a collection of commentary on the Haggadah by various contributors) on the halachic anti-slavery principle of עבדי הם, ולא עבדים לעבדים: [docxpresso file=”http://bdld.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/avadim-hayinu.odt” comments=true] [We have previously discussed the views of Rabbeinu Eliyahu and Rabbeinu Tam here, here, here and here.] And here’s a very […]

The Right To Refuse To Work

In several previous posts, we mentioned the opinion of Rabbeinu Tam that an indigent man who lacks the means to satisfy his debts or his obligation to maintain his wife can nevertheless not be obligated to hire himself out in order to satisfy these obligations. There is, however, an important judicial ruling by rabbanim Shmuel […]