A Principled Stand II

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Correction to this post (link): The comment of the rabbi who co-authored the statement of principles cited by the Forward was misunderstood by Rabbi Gold as implying that he would abrogate Torah law through a Sanhedrin if he could. The rabbi has made it clear in personal correspondence that his comment was intended to merely state that no one today has any power or authority to change Torah law.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief 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 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.


  1. Rav Student,
    When you wrote the letter about Lubavitch to Rav Feldman, how did you get it through to him/contact him?

  2. I sent it to him at the yeshiva in Baltimore.

  3. The NJ Jersey Voice and Opinion , a very RW publication that has some ads on President Obama that no other newspaper would dare publish, also has fascinating articles on Jewish life in NJ and other issues affecting the Jewish community. The 8.10 issue has an article that investigates the background of the drafting of the SOP, the AOJS conference and surveys various opposing rabbinical views and the POVs of more than a few mental health professionals in dealing with Orthodox men who wish to remain within the Orthodox orbit.

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