Tag Archives: ethics

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

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

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pikuach Nefesh Is (Not) A (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

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

(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

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

(Hashtag) Heteronomy @ the AJS (Martin Kavka)

The slightest correction to a Martin Kavka hashtag: #WeAreTooOldForHeteronomyAtTheAJS#NotEvenAsAPaperTopic  

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Teshuva Love-Sick (Maimonides)

Proving something about the sensual, even arabesque, core at the heart of Maimonidean rationalism by way of proving R. Akiva’s dictum that the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies is some over the top love-sick camp from Maimonides … Continue reading

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

(Hertz Pentateuch) Bourgeois Social Order (Sotah)

Having committed to keep track of the Hertz Pentateuch commentary (1936), I would have been remiss not to include a note on the commentary to the Sotah passage in Numbers, chapter 5. As it turns out and on closer inspection, … Continue reading

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

(Kiddush/Chillul Ha-Sehem) Jewish Respectability Ethics (Hertz Pentateuch)

A standout moment in the classic Hertz Pentateuch commentary from 1936, a fixture in the liberal synagogue for the better part of the 20th century, is the appeal to respectability, phrased in terms of kiddush Ha’Shem, the hallowing/sanctification of  God’s … Continue reading

Posted in uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment