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I don’t always have the chance to review each book, so I’ll list the books that I receive. Some of them will be quoted or reviewed in future posts. Here are the books I’ve received recently:

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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.


  1. Just curious-I know that R Kupperman from Michlala and his son were working on a new edition of HaEmek Davar, of which a number of volumes have been completed. Can anyone tell me if the set is completed and if the same is available in the metro NY area?

  2. four of the five are finished

  3. Isn’t that book on conversion something like twenty years old?

  4. This is an expanded edition, although even a plain reprint is valuable for those who do not own it. I hope to review it later this week.

  5. NJS-thanks-any info on when the last volume will be due?

    Just curious-anyone here have any POV on whether one should buy a set of sefarim that is incomplete? I used to be a stickler for only complete sets, but IMO, there are a lot of major sets that are far from complete but which are great works-such as the ET, many sets of Rishonim that MHK and other publishers have published, etc.

  6. Torah Shelema just came out with Shir HaShirim. I wonder why they haven’t done Devarim yet.

    And Steve, I’ve long said that the ET is a divine sign of our mortality. 🙂 Will ever of us ever see it done? I hear rumors that much of it, including the larger articles, *is* done, but they want to release it in order instead of just putting everything they have out there, such as in digital form, and need funding.

    As to Rishonim (and Acharonim), bear in mind that complete sets may never have existed- they publish manuscripts as they find them, and add them to the sets.

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