Tzadik Ba La-Ir

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I was speaking yesterday with a renowkned talmid hakham about the Hasidization of Flatbush. In my opinion, it is more an issue of changing neighborhoods than of religious influence.

As further evidence, I just saw signs that the Vizhnitzer Rebbe will be spending this Shabbos in Flatbush. Yes, Flatbush and not Boro Park. And not just any rebbe but one of the most influential in the world.

The Tish is scheduled for 9:15 pm at Toras Emes (Ave. N & E. 19th). I may or may not be there. I’ll be the guy in the dark suit and black hat.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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