Thank You Sir, May I Have Another Hundred Thousand

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I started this blog as a way of easily responding to a Conservative friend who, I believe, was misrepresenting Jewish tradition. After that volley of posting, I found that I had enjoyed posting to this blog and I continued. I never thought I would keep it going for this long. Nor did I think that I would receive the positive reaction that I did. To my continued shock (and awe), this blog has reached far beyond the readership I had ever even considered.

To date, I have received feedback on blog posts from professors at five universities, including one chairman of a department, two roshei yeshivah, three instructors at post-high school yeshivas, the editors of two Orthodox journals and one posek, one dayan and countless pulpit rabbis. I remain stunned at the reception.

As we reached the 100,000th hit this week (and well surpassed it, thanks to a brand-new controversy), I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers who decide to come and read what I have to say. In particular, the commenters deserve special thanks because they are an integral part of what makes this blog enjoyable and informative. The quality of commenters we have on Hirhurim is remarkable, and I thank you for that.

I pray that we continue learning from each other and growing as ovdei Hashem.

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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