And We’re Back

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Due to technical problems, we were offline for a few days. We are now back, the rain is gone (for now) and I am blogging from my sukkah on the second-to-last day on which observant Jews sit in it.

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.


  1. Not every observant Jew has the custom to sit in the sukkah on Shmini Atzeret.

  2. By definition, they do 😉

  3. are you making a point against those who dont sit in the sukkah on shemini azteres chul laaretz, which would be an interesting post? I cant tell because your statement would also be inaccurate for Jews in Israel. anyway nice to have you back

  4. MiMedinat HaYam

    many (?most?) observant jews sit in for the last day today. (except in marine park — too yeshivish)

    bonus question — do you say “leshev ba’succah” for blogging in a succah?

    and i assume blogging is a “davar ha’avud” and / or “tzorchei tzibbur ( = blogging tzibur) and / or “tzorech ha’yom (the blog is stale after chol hamoed.)

  5. MMHY: Most observant Jews eat in the sukkah on Shemini Atzeres. Although only in the Diaspora. In my need to make a joke at the expense of Chassidim, I forgot about the Jews in Israel!

    Blogging is teaching and learning Torah.

  6. Blogging is fun. Tzorech hamoed.

  7. Gil, most observant Jews in the world live in Israel. 🙂

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