Weekly Freebies: Book Give-Away

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With the arrival in the US of R. Aharon Rakeffet’s scholarly memoirs, From Washington Avenue to Washington Street (available in hardcover and e-book), I am able to offer Hirhurim readers an opportunity to obtain a free copy (thanks to the publishers, Gefen and OU Press). Over the next three weeks, I will be asking Rakeffet trivia and each week one fortunate responder with the correct answer will receive a free copy. This week’s trivia question is:

Who suggested the topic for Rav Rakeffet’s doctoral dissertation?

E-mail your answer to this address with the subject “Rakeffet Trivia”. On Tuesday evening (EDT), I will randomly select one of the correct respondents to receive a free copy. Tune back next Saturday night for another opportunity to win.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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 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. I have been trying to submit my answer to the trivia question for two days now, but your e-mail address does not want to accept my submission !?!

  2. The answer is Dr. Bernard Lander and the first winner is Moshe Friedler. Congratulations and thank you to the many people who sent in answers.

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