Monthly Archive: ו׳ בסיון תשס״ט – May 28, 2009

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Natural Morality and Halakhah

What’s the relationship between a human’s intuitive sense of what’s moral and halachic mandate? There is a tendency in some circles to describe the Torah as though halakhah was the sum total of the guidelines Hashem gave us for behavior. This is belied by a number of the mitzvos that require we follow some sense of “right” or “holy” that...

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1984, NewSpeak and the Holy Language

A long while back I wrote some thoughts on the dispute between the Ramban and the Rambam about what makes Hebrew the holy language, in the context of a general dispute over the context of qedushah. The Rambam says that Hebrew’s holiness comes from it having no native expletives, even sexual organs are identified by euphemisms or loan words. The...

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How Great Are Your Works

Not my usual speed for a blog entry, but I saw this and was nispael (awed). It’s a video of what does on within a cell. How much Divine Wisdom there is in just one microscopic little spot within the world, and how easy it is to take for granted! (If you do not see a video below this sentence,...

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Emergency Doors

My current employer is meticulous about hanging mezuzos. He hired a rav who is an expert in this particular mitzvah, and he went around identifying every doorway. (Some of which are non-obvious, like where the metal between the tiles in the ceiling makes the top of the “door-frame”.) On the way down the hall, I did a double-take. There was...