New Periodical: RJJ Journal no. LV

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A new issue has been published of The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society:

  • Shemittah by R. Dovid Cohen (of the CRC, not Cong. Gevul Yaabetz) — General overview of the issues surrounding contemporary shemitah, quoting almost exclusively from Charedi sources.
  • Co-education — Is It Ever Acceptable? by R. Aryeh Lebowitz — Very comprehensive discussion of the halakhic issues.
  • Spousal Emotional Stress: Proposed Relief for the Modern-Day Agunah by R. Dr. A. Yehuda Warburg — Arguing that a religious court may impose financial penalties on a recalcitrant husband for inflicting emotional stress on his wife.
  • Triage in Halacha: The Threat of an Avian Flu Pandemic by R. David Etengoff — Reviews the positions of the Chazon Ish, R. Moshe Feinstein, R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and the Tzitz Eliezer regarding who is given medical treatment first when there are multiple patients (cohen before levi?, man before woman?, etc.)
  • Making Berachot on Non-kosher Food by R. Elli Fischer — Surprising conclusion that most situations today would require reciting the blessing.
  • Cherem Rabbenu Gershom: Reading Another Person’s Email by R. Alfred Cohen — Discusses various permutations and the publication of private correspondence of Torah scholars, but surprisingly not the forwarding and bcc’ing of e-mails. Two recent and relevant sources are R. Aaron Levine, Moral Issues of the Marketplace in Jewish Law, pp. 358-365 and R. Asher Meir, The Jewish Ethicist, pp. 217-219 and here.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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 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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