New Comment Policy

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In order to achieve more transparency in moderation of comments on this blog, let me be clear about a policy that I have not been implementing with sufficient consistency but will going forward. Comments that attempt to undermine Judaism will be deleted. It is not out of fear but out of annoyance. Find yourself another soapbox. Skeptics are welcome on this blog to read and to contribute comments, but not to preach their skepticism.

I have no doubt that skeptic blogs will take this as an admission that traditional Judaism cannot withstand criticism. Let them. It is nothing but a willful delusion.

And let me reiterate again: Please be very careful about what you say about other people. The laws of lashon ha-ra are not suspended on blogs.

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 of New Jersey, 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 and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and 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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