Engaging with A Difficult Halakha: May One Show Affection Toward their Children in Shul? by Nathaniel Helfgot Introduction 1. Much, if not most, of the halakhic lifestyle that many of us practice on a regular basis, especially in the relative comfort of our western-world middle class existence is pleasant, enjoyable and often fills our life with meaning and purpose. There [...]
The Literary Character of the Shulchan Aruch: Does Talking During Prayers Render One Ineligible for Warfare?
The Literary Character of the Shulchan Aruch: Does Talking During Prayers Render One Ineligible for Warfare? by Jack Bieler Literary Flourishes in the Shulchan Aruch In addition to codifying in succinct fashion a broad range of the laws that comprise the traditional corpus of Jewish law, R. Yosef Karo’s Shulchan Aruch can also be viewed as a literary and spiritual work, [...]