Marrying For Looks and Money

Almost a decade ago, we noted that at least a couple of the רודפי הפשט take for granted that Jacob fell in love with Rachel due to her beauty. I recently discovered that this assumption appears in the halachic literature as well: Rav Yaakov Reischer invokes it to infer that marrying for looks or money […]

The Fiduciary Responsibilities Of Shepherds

We recently read Ya’akov’s infuriated protestation of his honesty during his service to Lavan: ויחר ליעקב וירב בלבן ויען יעקב ויאמר ללבן … הייתי ביום אכלני חרב וקרח בלילה ותדד שנתי מעיני1 Is a shepherd actually Halachically obligated in this level of diligence? Rav Ahai Gaon does indeed derive from this passage that he is, […]