Weekly Freebies: Shavuos Musings

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I have collected 18 pages of Hirhurim posts for Shavuos, although some are only tentatively or not at all connected to the holiday. Enjoy!

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Note that some essays discuss theologically difficult issues and/or quote from non-Orthodox sources. Please only print out and distribute in a place that will be receptive to such material.

Table of Contents

Jewish Thought & Practice

  • God’s Uniqueness
  • Is Equality A Jewish Value?
  • Converts and Blessings
  • Converts Like Us
  • The Shavuos Get
  • On Torah

  • Who Decides On Big Issues?
  • Who’s Your Rebbe?
  • Rabbinic Boundaries
  • Torah Values
  • Belief and Ancestry
  • Torah From Heaven
  • R. Yehoshua Ben Levi and Aggadah
  • Commentary vs. Novellae
  • Torah Scholars and Peace
  • Miscellaneous

  • Technology and Sinai
  • Is Creativity Possible in the Information Age?
  • The Corporate Dilemma and the Financial Downturn
  • 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 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.

    4 comments

    1. Thanks for the collection R’ Gil and the work putting it together. I hope to review it over Shavuot.

      In future collections (and I hope there will be future collections) could you please add the date the article was written under the title? (It helps keeping things in context.)

    2. I would suggest that on the issue of how R Yehoshua Ben Levi approached Aggadah, as well as how such Gdolei HaMefarshim such as Rashi, Ramban, Ibn Ezra and others of similar nature should have warranted a footnote and/or reference to an excellent article published in an early issue in Chakirah, as well as many places in the above cited Mfarshim where some Aggados are accepted and others are rejected out of hand as having no bearing on Pshuto Shel Mikra or as Drash rooted in Pshat. The views cited are all familiar but after reading the article in question, the real issue is how Aggados were viewed prior to and after the writings of Maharal.

    3. Rabbi student-

      I read the Article “Torah values”, I would value your opinion about what Rabbi Cardozo says on these issues in a shuir on his website called “ Are God and His Torah “fair”? Observations concerning evil and the morality of the Halach” the fundamental ideas behind this shuir can also be found over here http://www.cardozoschool.org/show_article.asp?article_id=678&cat_id=1&cat_name=Jewish+Thought+and+Philosophy&parent_id=1&subcat_id=44&subcat_name=Man%2C+God+and+the+Torah

    4. Rabbi Student-

      I read the Article “Torah values” I would value your opinion about what Rabbi Cardozo says on these issues in a shuir on his website called “ Are God and His Torah “fair”? Observations concerning evil and the morality of the Halach” the fundamental ideas behind this shuir can also be found over here http://www.cardozoschool.org/show_article.asp?article_id=678&cat_id=1&cat_name=Jewish+Thought+and+Philosophy&parent_id=1&subcat_id=44&subcat_name=Man%2C+God+and+the+Torah

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