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Based on the recommendations of commenters who used their real names, I took down the previous post. It is hard to translate from the rabbinic Hebrew in which I originally wrote it, but combined with the post from two weeks ago it is an analysis of an aspect of R. Akiva Eiger’s position on the death penalty and reconciliation of multiple statements. There were some serious questions in the comments on the analysis, but they will have to be discussed in a different forum.

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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently 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. Does that mean that you pay no attention to the suggestions of pseudonymous commenters here, longstanding as they may be?

  2. same here for many reasons – intelectual and societal

  3. “Accept the truth from wherever it comes” – even a pseudo-anonymous commenter!

  4. Especially when the pseudononymous commenters merely suggested you discuss the post with a professional before leaving it up.

  5. Oh man! What did I miss?

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