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“Everything Looks So Different Here”

“Oh Kitty, how nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking-glass House! I’m sure it’s got, oh! Such beautiful things in it! Let’s pretend there’s a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty. Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through. Why, it’s turning into a sort of mist now, I declare! It’ll be easy […]


MISHPAT IVRI by Menachem Elon

 Menachem Elon in Mishpat Ivri: “What is the explanation for the astonishing fact that in the study of a legal system extending over 3000 years, most attention has been centered on only slightly more than the first half of this period, and the last  1300 years have been investigated only in a cursory manner? There is even more reason for wonder if we consider that although the Biblical […]


The Connection Between Godel’s Theorem and Psak

  “We have seen that mathematical propositions which cannot be established by formal deduction from a given set of axioms may, nevertheless, be established by “informal” meta-mathematical reasoning. It would be irresponsible to claim that these formally indemonstrable truths established by meta-mathematical arguments are based on nothing better than bare appeals to intuition.” (Ernest Nagel, Godel’s Proof, p. 112) David Zviel: Godel actually constructs formal statements which must […]


FROM INTUITION TO HAR SINAI

INTUITION, ETHICAL REASONING AND TORAH LAW, PDF (click here) FROM INTUITION TO HAR SINAI   Rabbi Yosef Dovid Epstein: Hakdama to Mitzvat HaBayit: “If the Torah would not have been given, Man would have discovered the Parsha on Proper Conduct himself, through his own intellect. The Avot learned Torah from their own internal mental processes. They recognized obligations by themselves. From their great wisdom they came to the […]


Financial Crisis of 2008

For the single best analysis of the Financial Crisis of 2008, please click on this PDF Link.  Article written by The Consumer Education Foundation and Wall Street Watch.org. Wall Street Watch Sold Out. Long Version  pdf The Financial Crisis of 2008 is a striking example of the breakdown of the Rule of Law in the business and economic sphere, where the regulators are controlled by those they are […]


Pierre de Fermat and the Number 26

Pierre De Fermat was one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was born on August 20, 1601, in the town of Beaumaont-de-Lomagne in southwest France. His father, Dominique Fermat, was a wealthy leather merchant, and so Pierre was fortunate enough to enjoy a privileged education at the Franciscan monastery of Grandselve, followed by a stint at the University of Toulouse…. Pressure from his family steered Fermat […]


The Black Swan and the Torah

ר’ יעקב ב’ר חיים יוסף בנימיני ז’ל הרב אדר תשמ’ג’נשמתו עלתה למרום ב תנצב”ה מרת נחמה זלאטע בנימיני בת אבא מנחם ז’ל נשמתה עלתה למרום טו’ סיון תשס’ז תנצב”ה click here for PDF The Black Swan and the Torah- Master Copy edited for Speech       February 12, 2013 ב אדר- תשעג The Black Swan and the Torah When the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black […]


How To Use This Website

How To Use This Site: By using the Categories Menu on the Left Side of the screen, you can click upon a particular subject of interest. Many of the articles and posts are cross-referenced since they are pertinent to different categories simultaneously. Many articles can be accessed in PDF Form which includes complete footnotes and formatting which is not always possible in HTML Form , the format you […]


The Idea of Law

The idea of Law is very abstract. The arena of the abstract is treacherous to the uninitiated and full of pitfalls and dead ends. In the order of things, real events and experiences, empirical science and history, applied mechanics and optics, and political and social history should be the stepping stones to abstract thought and generalization. Professor Aaron Kirschenbaum navigates with great skill the issue of Abstract Law. […]