Buying Jewish and עבודה עברית

My weekly halachah column for this past parashas Behar: In parashas Behar (25:14), the Torah commands: “When you make a sale to your fellow or make a purchase from the hand of your fellow, do not aggrieve one another.” While this translation is the plain meaning of the verse, which constitutes a prohibition against certain […]

Ideological Certainty and Its Discontents: In Praise Of Epistemic Humility

In response to a question about the propriety of protesting the singing of שיר המעלות to “the [well-]known tune of the [Israeli] National Anthem”, Rav Avraham Weinfeld responds that while the practice is indeed deplorable, as the Zionists are, at least in certain respects, worse than the Reformers, as the latter at least nominally retain […]

The Rebellious Elder

S. asks: It is my understanding that the Satmar Rav believes and taught that one must not show hakaras ha-tov to the Medinah (to be fair I think he also taught that one should not benefit from them, but as you point out, everyone does nevertheless). We are also taught that the Satmar Rav’s views […]