Author Archives: Gil Student

Footnotes of Jewish Philosophy

by R. Gil Student Alfred North Whitehead famously wrote: “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” (Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology, 1929, part II, ch. 1 sec. 1) However, prior to that, Isaac Husik wrote in his History of Medieval Jewish Philosophy (New York, 1916, ...

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A Ḥasidic Poet Transcends the Usual Fare of Modern Verse . Paraguay to require more humane ways of kosher slaughter | Jewish Telegraphic Agency . YU’s President Addresses Graduates: What Does it Take To Be a Transformative Rabbi? . A Rabbi Walks Into a Bar — and Enforces the Law – The New York Times .

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Fitbit on Shabbos

by R. Gil Student FitBit is an activity tracker, a wearable technology that measures vital signs, steps taken, sleep patterns and more. You wear it on your wrist like a watch and it sends data to the company’s servers. You can then track your activity on a website or app. Some have features such as waking you at a good ...

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Maintaining Cochin’s Four-Century-Old Synagogue . Supreme Incoherence: Transgender Ideology and the End of Law . On The Bookshelf The Jewish Press | Elliot Resnick R Adlerstein A Haggadah without women? | Deborah Klapper This is a real stretch. Her question really amounts to why not even a tiny bit of effort was expended to include women in telling the Haggadah ...

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להציף את בעיות הדת בצבא | רביבים The challenge of being religious in the IDF (Hebrew) He May Be Our Greatest Jewish Thinker — But What Does He Think About Jewish Thought? Interview with George Steiner The Biblical Tongue Reborn . Egypt’s last Jews aim to keep heritage alive | The Times of Israel . When the Lone Star State ...

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Seder on the Rooftops

by R. Gil Student Some modern thinkers–mainly Jewish universalists–express discomfort in the Seder recitation of “Shefokh chamasekha, Pour out Your wrath.” In this passage of the Haggadah, we call on God to punish the heathens who do not recognize Him and who destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. While this is a direct biblical quote (Ps. 79:6-7), and addresses the gentile ...

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Pictures of Women

I have discussed in the past the disheartening practice of some periodicals to omit completely pictures of women. This enters a complex sociological arena with competing concerns. Some people are trying to change this, using financial incentives to advance the interests of a broad public. Current subscribers are demanding the practice change and others are agreeing to subscribe if the ...

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Seeing Red It is permissible to wear red or bright colors? Artsy-Craftsy Booze Is Giving Kentucky Rabbis a Headache – WSJ . Federation, JCC Undermine Synagogues | Atlanta Jewish Times . Medieval Jewish cemetery uncovered in Rome | The Times of Israel .

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The Roots of Today’s Revival of Russian Judaism Lie Deep in the Soviet Past . Men, women, Torah: Less gender, more truth . Countering Counter-History: Re-Considering Rav Aharon’s Road Not Taken Don’t mess with a Soloveitchik. Dr. Lichtenstein is kinder than I suspect her brother would have been in my counter-history, in which Zev Eleff writes a counter-history about Dr. ...

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