46) Green Belts and City Planning – 5765

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   “Hashem spoke to Moshe… Command the Children of Israel that they shall give to the Levites…cities for dwelling and open space for the cities all around them… The cities shall be theirs to dwell in, and their open...

45) Are Noisy Neighbors Always Bad? – 5765

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   In an earlier column on “Smoking and the Hypersensitive,” we cited the Talmudic case of Rav Yosef (Bava Batra 23a). Rav Yosef was a highly sensitive individual who could not bear the thought of eating dates which had...

44) The Allocation of Scarce Water Resources – 5765

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   Who owns the water in the sea and springs? The Tosefta (Bava Kamma 6:15) determines that the water is hefker, i.e. it belongs to everyone. Masechet Bava Kamma (80b) lists ten regulations instituted by Joshua with the...

41) Odor Damage and Pleasing Aromas – 5765

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   The great 13th century Posek, Rabbeinu Asher ben Yechiel (the Rosh), was once asked a question concerning Reuven “who dug a hole in his yard for rainwater to collect, and now a large amount of water has accumulated,...

39) The Value of Cleanliness in Judaism – 5765

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah Mitzion   One of the sources which underscores the paramount importance of cleanliness and hygiene is found in the opinion of Rabbi Yossi, cited in the Tosefta at the end of Masechet Bava Metzia: “Where a spring originates...