Yaakov Jaffe traces the origins and evolution of the custom to shake the lulav in different directions.
Moshe Kurtz explores halakhic and hashkafic considerations surrounding bringing young children to shul.
Aton Holzer explores the inscrutability of the Mitzvah of Shofar.
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.
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.
Michael Broyde offers a new theory for why halakhah obligates women in some time-bound positive mitzvot and exempts them from others.
Can Halakhah really countenance euthanasia? Alan Jotkowitz responds to Leead Staller
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.
Leead Staller argues for a more nuanced approach to euthanasia in Halakha.
Two letters to the editor provide alternative perspectives on the question of what Jewish law wants American abortion law to be.