Happy Anniversary!

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I received a phone call last night from Menachem Butler, in which he started off the conversation by saying “Happy Anniversary!” As any married man would do, I immediately started worriedly wondering whether I had actually committed the grave sin of totally forgetting my anniversary. It turns out I didn’t because my anniversary isn’t for another few weeks [CORRECTION: Week and a half. I should have known that.]. As should have been obvious, Menachem meant the anniversary of Austritt. 129 years ago today, the German government enacted a law that permitted Jewish sub-communities to secede from the majority Jewish community for theological reasons. Oh, how the time flies. Whether or not austritt was a good idea, I’ll leave for another time.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, 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 currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four 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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