Announcement: Torah in the Public Sphere

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Kol Hamevaser, the Jewish Thought Magazine of the Yeshiva University student body, will host its first event of the year, a panel on

Torah in the Public Sphere:
An Examination of the Role of Religion in the American Political and Cultural Discourse

Sunday, September 25, 6:15-8:00 PM in the Rubin Shul at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus

Speakers include:

Rabbi Yona Reiss: Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, Yadin Yadin musmakh of RETS, Yale Law School graduate and previous director of the Beth Din of America.

Rabbi Michael Broyde: Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and the Academic Director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University, Yadin Yadin musmakh of RETS and member of the Beth Din of America.

Mr. Marc Stern: Associate General Counsel for Legal Advocacy for the American Jewish Committee and previous Co-Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress.

Speakers will relate particularly to recent changes in New York State law, most notably the changed legal definition of “marriage.”

The event is open to the entire Yeshiva University community and the general public. All are encouraged to attend.

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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 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. Great event!

  2. I went and overall enjoyed it. In my opinion, the event suffered from the fact that the Rabbis didn’t really tackle the difficult aspects of the issues they were addressing. Essentially I think it ended up being a “move along, nothing to see here” kind of panel, but I did enjoy hearing the views that were stated.

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