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Crime & Punishment

Tazria-M’tzora: Sin and Skin
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Torah Talk with Michael Carasik | Jewish Ideas Daily » Weekly Portions

Leprosy!  (Not.)  Is it caused by sin? (Click here for source sheet.) Download  
Gun Control, Halakhah, and History: Further Thoughts Gun Control, Halakhah, and History: Further Thoughts
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Shlomo M. Brody | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

While the use of weaponry is at times morally necessary, the glorification of weaponry is foreign to Jewish thought.
Gun Control and the Limits of Halakhah Gun Control and the Limits of Halakhah
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by Shlomo M. Brody | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Rabbinic disputes on the proper regulation of dangerous dogs illustrate that reasonable people, who share Jewish values regarding violence and self-defense, can disagree about gun control.
The ISI and the Jews The ISI and the Jews
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Pakistan's intelligence agency has supported Al Qaeda, Iran, and Lashkar-e-Taiba—the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in 2008, killing six at Chabad.  But the U.S. still treats it as an ally.
Editors' Picks
Blowing the Whistle Moshe Simon-Shoshan, Torah Musings. According to respected Orthodox rabbis, the prohibition against reporting Jewish suspects to secular authorities rarely applies in the modern Western world. 
Nazis Among Us Efraim Zuroff, Jerusalem Post. Every year the Simon Wiesenthal Center publishes a report on war criminals apprehended and at large.  "It is still possible," says its director, "to bring the perpetrators to justice."
Architect of Lies Gilbert King, Smithsonian. Claiming to know nothing of Jewish slave labor in the factories he controlled, Albert Speer escaped Nuremberg with a 20-year jail sentence.  But his papers show how well he deceived the court.
Gangs of Detroit Naomi Sandweiss, Tablet. What gangster Mickey Cohen was to Los Angeles, the Purple Gang was to Detroit—"a Jewish gang feared by even Al Capone’s Chicago mob."
Was Hitler Insane? Yvonne Sherratt, Times Higher Education. A new book thoroughly examines Hitler's medical records.  There is no doubt, the author says, about Hitler's mental health—and criminal responsibility.
Lieberman On Trial Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom. As the odds against Avigdor Lieberman’s being cleared of charges before Israel's elections increase, so do the odds of Likud-Beiteinu’s abandoning him.