Why the greatest Halakhic writing remains persuasive for centuries
A response to Rabbi Avi Shafran’s claims that Jewish law protects Orthodox women from sexual abuse
Is it a desecration to delete a text with God’s name? A review of the relevant digital halacha tries to come up with an answer
Need to use a keyboard on Shabbat? Can’t fulfill the mitzvah of lighting candles? Zomet, a non-profit research outfit in Israel, has the gadgets you need.
How to avoid using power that comes from stations that work on Shabbat? Invent a new kind of strictly kosher grid, some haredi lawmakers say.
Israeli Rabbinical Court issues groundbreaking ruling
‘On the Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and His Neighbor and Man and His Maker,’ by Daniel Sperber
To the Talmudic rabbis, religion was not opposed to the law but deeply connected to its study, even if dialogue wins over decree
He’s the expert who specializes in finding ‘disappeared’ husbands—men who leave their wives without Jewish divorces, or hope
The last chapter of the first tractate brings modern readers back to sex, bowel movements, and thunder
A Pennsylvania rabbi, backed by a local imam, engages in a battle for full control over religious burials
Why a quarter of a million people turned out to mourn Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv
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Pregnancies are fertile ground for superstition, especially for those who assume their traditions and lucky charms are based in Jewish law
Naama Margolese—an 8-year-old Israeli girl taunted by ultra-Orthodox men who think she is immodest—is the new face of Jewish women’s rights
California citrus farmer John Kirkpatrick, a Presbyterian well-versed in Jewish agricultural law, is the only large-scale grower of etrogs in the U.S.
When Israelis and Palestinians choose politics over music, they’re guilty of the gravest offense in the Torah: acting like Amalek
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Jewish law, and the principle of binding precedent