An essential element of all civilized legal systems is the fundamental rule of “No crime without a punishment.” This principle, drawn originally from the law of Ancient Israel, is conspicuously codified in binding international law.
QUESTION: Why is the hoopoe (lapwing) bird, known in the Bible as the duchifat, considered unclean (see Leviticus 11:19 and Deuteronomy 14:18)? It does not seem to be a bird of prey or a carrion- eating bird. There’s a purpose for everything G-d commanded us and I would like to understand the reason for this law.Robert A. WeilerBlue Grass, IA
Out Of The AshesA firefighter found a sefer Tehillim at ground zero. The name inside is Avraham Binyamin Shapiro (it may be Spira). If anyone knows whom this may belong to, please contact meby either sending a letter to 9 Dorset Road, Spring Valley, NY 10977; by calling me at work (908-582-5384); or by e-mailing […]
Under international law, Saddam Hussein is the quintessential Hostes Humani Generis, a “Common Enemy of Mankind.” Prosecuting the former Iraqi dictator, therefore, would now appear to be a decidedly simple judicial matter.
Adelson Will Be MissedWith a deep sense of sorrow and loss, I must express my sadness to the family and friends of Professor Howard Adelson, a”h, and to all the staff of The Jewish Press.This reader regularly enjoyed and appreciated his insightful analysis, his sharp efficient writing style, and his mince-no-words approach to the issues […]