Then and Now
Economy

What is Wrong with Charging Interest?

I recently published a short piece on Exodus 22:24, normally taken as the prohibition on charging interest.  It appears at thetorah.com, and is “reprinted” below.  My own interest in this topic (pun intended) grows out of my work on the collection I’m editing, Judaism and the Economy: A Sourcebook, which is forthcoming from Routledge.  ...

What to Wear?

Those who know me are aware that I don’t have much of a sense of fashion.  Before I met my wife, in fact, the very idea that there were clothes with colors that “match,” or that certain colors look better on me than others, was unfathomable.  I would simply be unable to parse those considerations,...

Corporations and Covenents

Corporations are legal fictions, and recent ones at that.  Growing out of royal and governmental “charters” in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, governments gave to individuals the right to create a legal body – a legal “person” – distinct from themselves but yet which they own and control.  Over the past two centuries corporations have...