Daughters and Distinctions: Part II

This is the second post in our series on the three invidious distinctions between males and females in the halachah of inheritance. The previous post discussed the rule that a son has precedence over a daughter in inheriting their parents; this one discusses the rule that a father inherits his children but a mother does not. …

Pagan Theophory In Jewish Anthroponyms

Esther No one really knows whether the Biblical name Esther is related to the Assyro-Babylonian goddess(es) Ishtar. As per the Wikipedia Talk page for Ishtar: “Anunit, Atarsamain and Esther are alternative names for Ishtar.” I have removed the sentence from the article lead; article Atarsamain makes no mention of the goddess being a counterpart of …

Looking Unto the Rock Whence We Are Hewn and To the Hole Of the Pit Whence We Are Digged

From a recent post to the Seforim blog by Prof. Marc Shapiro: However, as far as I know, no one prior to Hirschensohn claimed that prophets could make errors in basic theological points. Yet Hirschensohn’s argument is very strong, for his proof is from Cain. Cain must be regarded as a prophet, as God spoke …