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(Against Submission) Alan Brill reviews/interviews Aaron Koller- Unbinding Isaac

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
I repeatedly hear from a generation of Modern (or Centrist) Orthodox youth, who grew up at the end of the twentieth century, that they were told that Torah Judaism is about…

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Judaism, Pandemic, and Race-Terror (Susannah Heschel)

Simply one of the best things out there from a Jewish perspective tying together into a single word a response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to the pandemic of anti-black racism in America. Susannah Heschel posted it here at Immanent … Continue reading

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Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch on Philosophy of Halakhah

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
Last month, Rabbi Nahum Eliezer Rabinovitch, the dean of Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Maale Adumim, passed away at the age of 92 years old. As a tribute to him at the…

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(Notre Dame) It’s Moral To Risk Human Life (Coronavirus & Religion)

We are in our society regularly willing to take on ourselves or impose on others risks — even lethal risks — for the good of society. We send off young men and women to war to defend the security of … Continue reading

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Care for a Corpse (Dignity) Coronavirus

“There has to be some dignity in this, otherwise I might as well be a garbage man,” is what the funeral director told the journalist. The photographs by Philip Montgomery that accompany this article here in the NYT about two … Continue reading

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Care for a Corpse (Gemilut Chasadim) Flowers (Cornovirus)

Readers of ethics and Jewish ethics, in particular, should recognize in the remarkable story about this woman and this powerful act of caring for a corpse one of the greatest acts of kindness marked in rabbinic sources that one person … Continue reading

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(Hey Joggers) A Little Social Etiquette, Please

Just now, I was out walking the dog, startled. “Sorry,” said the youngish woman running past me from behind, way too close, not wearing a mask, and just a little too quick for me to say, “FUCK! REALLY?”

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(Maimonides Says) Cultivate the Middle Way (Hilkhot Deot) (Coronavirus)

At the time of a global health pandemic, where better to turn than to the Great Eagle? Hilkhot Deot is a moral-medical compendium, famous for its elaboration upon the Aristotelean mean. But that’s not the half of it. The larger … Continue reading

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Pikuach Nefesh Is/Is Not An Overriding Halakhic Value

I’ll might take this post down because maybe I’m getting it terribly wrong. But I’m going to give it a shot. The principle of Pikuch Nefesh (saving life) is a well-known and a cardinal principle of Jewish law. The notion … Continue reading

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(People Are Jerks) Street Corner Conversation (Honking Horns)

[2 pedestrians waiting at foot of the off-0ramp from the Queensboro Bridge.] [Guy honks car horn.] Pedestrian 1: That’s not going to get him anywhere. Pedestrian 2: I know. P1: People are jerks. P2: Yeah, right! [P1 and P2 start … Continue reading

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