Throwing Meat to Dogs

In last week’s Parsha, the Torah tells us that one shouldn’t eat an animal that has been killed (by means other than kosher slaughtering). You shall be holy people to Me: you must not eat flesh torn by beasts in the field; you shall cast it to the dogs. Exodus 23:30 (Translation from Sefaria) The simple understanding of most Rishonim is that the part about…

Understanding the עונת אביאסף (Part One)

לרגל שובבי”ם ת”ת תשע”ו Abstract: This essay will explore the Halachic basis for the עונת אביאסף and in the process will address various idiosyncratic curiosities  particular to וסתות and will attempt to shed light on them. Many Ashkenazic Jews are aware of the עונת אור זרוע, but people are much less familiar with the עונת אביאסף. This is despite the fact that עונת אביאסף arguably…