Moving Books

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We’re doing some very minor construction next week. I had to move a full “miscellaneous” bookcase and I found a whole bunch of interesting things.

1. This is a cute and handy little book that I bought as a teenager.

2. In Marc Shapiro’s riddles from last week, the answer to the first question was the last Mishnah in Sotah. In regard to what part of our text is actually Mishnah and what is an addition, see R. Ya’akov Nahum Ha-Levy Epstein’s Mavo Le-Nusah Ha-Mishnah, vol. 2 pp. 976-977.

3. I found my copy of Candide (and here), which I think should be required reading for anyone wishing to offer a religious reason for a tragedy.

4. R. Hillel Goldberg, Between Berlin and Slobodka, pp. 73-74:

Already within a year after his arrival Rabbi Hutner was delivering addresses in English. His appearance was modern: no East European, long black rabbinical caftan, and no beard… To all outward appearances–dress, language, easy camaraderie with American ways of thinking and the American street urchins who became some of his first students–he was the first American yeshiva dean.

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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