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ShortStop

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman February 18, 2021 Our previous article on the GameStop short selling controversy considered some halachic arguments against the legitimacy of short selling. Here we consider several additional arguments. Improper competition In the…

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The GameStop Saga: A Short Story

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman February 11, 2021 Securities markets have recently been roiled by the wild gyrations of the stock price of the video game retailer GameStop (GME), which peaked in late January at more than…

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The Jew in Queue: Line Jumping in Halacha

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman January 28, 2021 In the first article in this series on prioritization of scarce medical resources, we mentioned R’ Avraham Sofer-Abraham’s belief that physicians tend to follow a rule of first come,…

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Med Money: May the Rich Buy Vaccine Access?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman January 21, 2021 Technology executive Alan Levine has a provocative proposal: Let the ultra-rich and influential skip the line for COVID-19 vaccines? Hear me out…Have the wealthiest and most influential Americans donate…

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Living Room: Allocating Scarce Hospital Space

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman   Our previous article introduced the halachic framework used to determine the prioritization schedule when allocating limited medical resources. As discussed there, one of the key rules is that a patient whose…

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First Principles: Who Gets the Vaccine?

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman December 31, 2020 With distribution of the scarce COVID-19 vaccines now underway, prioritization decisions have been made by various authorities: some eminently reasonable, others rather less so, and some quite dubious. In…

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Ich Bet Eich: Gambling in Halacha

Adapted from the writings of Dayan Yitzhak Grossman December 24, 2020 The 2020 presidential election set a record for the online betting dollars it attracted. While U.S. laws proscribe gambling on election outcomes, offshore websites have happily taken up the…

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