Character Assassination

Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein relates the tale of one who publicly slandered a Sofer Stam, with the immediate consequence of the complete cessation of the Sofer’s custom. The slander was utterly false, and the Sofer, responsible for a large family, was left with no livelihood. The slanderer consulted R. Zilberstein on the appropriate amends, “but I …

Informers, Inciters and Instigators

Prof. Eugene Volokh: Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction for Asking Jealous and Dangerous Ex-Boyfriend to Drive You to the House of the New Boyfriend? I just ran across an interesting 2009 case that I thought I’d note for our readers. Here’s a brief and oversimplified summary of the facts: Danna Back dated Nicholas Super, but then decided …

Beware the אזהרות

From Slate’s Explainer column: The car of NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski flipped over and crashed Sunday after another driver, Carl Edwards, bumped him during the Sprint Cup race in Atlanta. (Watch the video here.) Edwards admitted it was retaliation for a similar bump from Keselowski last April. NASCAR has put Edwards on probation for three …