The Directional Shaking of the Lulav: Bible, Mysticism, and Religious Polemics

Yaakov Jaffe traces the origins and evolution of the custom to shake the lulav in different directions.

Do Children Belong in Shul?

Moshe Kurtz explores halakhic and hashkafic considerations surrounding bringing young children to shul.

Mind Blown: Shofar as Divine Encounter Beyond the Limits of Human Comprehension

Aton Holzer explores the inscrutability of the Mitzvah of Shofar.

Responses to Michael Broyde on Time-bound Commandments

Two readers respond to Michael Broyde's recent article on time-bound commandments. Leah Sarna critiques Broyde's omission of female scholarship, and Avi Siegal argues that Broyde's unifying theory skews the data.

What Does Pursuing Tzedek Actually Entail?

In its opening verses, Parshat Shoftim describes a judicial system that enshrines pursuing Tzedek, or justice, as a core value. Benjamin Barer unpacks a Gemara in Sanhedrin that provides three distinct conceptions of the obligation to pursue justice, suggesting how we might build a more sacred society.

Why Are Women Obligated in Some Time-Bound Positive Commandments and Exempt from Others? A...

Michael Broyde offers a new theory for why halakhah obligates women in some time-bound positive mitzvot and exempts them from others.

Letter to the Editor: Response to Leead Staller

Can Halakhah really countenance euthanasia? Alan Jotkowitz responds to Leead Staller

Michael Broyde Responds Regarding Abortion, Halakhah, and Secular Law

What exactly did Rav Moshe Feinstein hold regarding our obligations toward secular law? Does Halakhah distinguish between the first forty days and afterward for gentiles? Michael Broyde responds to his critics.

Hippocratic Healthcare and Christian Absolutism: Can Halakhah Allow for Compassionate Euthanasia?

Leead Staller argues for a more nuanced approach to euthanasia in Halakha.

Letters to the Editor: Responses to Michael Broyde on Abortion

Two letters to the editor provide alternative perspectives on the question of what Jewish law wants American abortion law to be.