Obadiah Sforno was a philosopher and exegete who taught Hebrew to the humanists.
Getting usury wrong from Aristotle to Theodor Dreiser and Occupy Wall Street.
With some help from Maimonides, Aristotle, Dr. Johnson, and Chekhov.
The Tower of Babel, Jerusalem, and the (Jewish) city of God.
When Elizabeth Warren talks of private-equity “vampires.”
Eliyahu Dessler, mussar, Aristotle, and the death of virtue.
The conflicting ideals of virtue and law.
The former seeks answers; the latter seeks the questions that can help situate human beings existentially and rationally within the universe.
A question of influence or of a common culture?
Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s answer.
It goes back to Genesis.
Ibn Hazm, who lived in Muslim Spain in the 11th century, is best known today for his literary achievements. But like many Jewish and Muslim. . .