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R. Gavriel Zinner has published dozens of volumes in his Nitei Gavriel series of thorough collections of sources, rulings and customs on halakhic themes. His 600+ page volume on Chanukah, originally published in 1983 and revised multiple times, is available for free download here: link

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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. His last name is spelled Zinner (with a Z).

  2. In his haste to publish many works, accuracy has suffered. It’s always good to check up on any sefer which he quotes to make sure his quote is accurate. Also, he occasionally brings a new opinion with the source being “Mesorah”. What sefer is that? Yup, you guessed right. It’s the OU Mesorah Journal quoting Rav Soloveichik.

  3. Shimon S: Thanks for the correction

    Kovner: At least he quotes Rav Soloveitchik

  4. I don’t mean to be mean, but his seforim have greater problem than “suffered accuracy”. Therefore, it would be advisable never to rely on the psakim in the sefer and to always look up the sources. More than once I have found sources in there that didn’t say what R. Zinner said it says.

  5. R. Zinner was associated with R. Menashe Klein of Ungvar earlier in his career. At one time he had the title Ungvarer dayan.

  6. u are correct that his haste to publish creates mistakes, but he usually corrects it in 2nd printings

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