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IDF to draft more ultra-Orthodox in bid to counter decline in recruits
Brooklyn candidate loses rabbi endorsements over gay marriage
Rabbi Travels to Rome in Support of Cardinal Dolan
The Jewish Facebook?
Haredi women in ‘Master Chef’ competition
TA Chief rabbi: Reverse TA Shabbat buses decision
Tel Aviv wants buses on Shabbat
R Aviner: Participation in reality TV show violates Jewish law
SALT Tuesday
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Note: This week we are experimenting with daily posts for news & links, in an attempt to allow for easier discussion in the comments section. The most recent post will always be in the featured section. Prior posts will be available in the News section, for which there is a link in the navigation bar on top of the page.

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, 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. He also 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.

17 comments

  1. ” R Aviner: Participation in reality TV show violates Jewish law”
    “Haredi women in ‘Master Chef’ competition”

    Curious, make me wonder if R. Aviner was really more upset about them leaving Israel, then about being on TV.

    “http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-jewish-facebook/”

    I wonder what makes it different from Shtick, Shuk, and numerous other “Jewish Facebooks” that have come and gone, or are still around. Never heard of this one myself.

  2. It is also easier to read the links daily on RSS feeds. I support this change wholeheartedly.

  3. The Jewish Facebook is Facebook.com. And it sounds more like a dating site than a social media network.

  4. As much as I enjoy the views expressed in Commentary, the annexed link http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/02/17/jews-defend-catholics-birth-control/ suffers from a major flaw that compares the RC view on contraception with Kashrus/ First of all, the Halacha discusses feeding Basar Nevelah to a Choleh and hospitals that were founded under Jewish auspices in NY and elsewhere offer kosher food as one of a number of options for their Jewish patients.

  5. So as not to transgress the prohibition of counting Jews, I hope that the “Jewish Facebook” will not publish the number of how many are enrolled.

  6. For all you Hebrew readers out there, here’s a scholarly article on Shabbat wars in Tel Aviv during the Mandate:

    http://www.snunit.k12.il/heb_journals/katedra/Helman.pdf

  7. I think the new format for News & Links is going to seriously reduce the level of commenting and dialogue…

  8. “Curious, make me wonder if R. Aviner was really more upset about them leaving Israel, then about being on TV.”

    I doubt it, R Aviner is a devout DL but he’s not an extremist. At least that’s the impression I get from reading his blog.

    I really love the last two sentences in the article, though.

    “But first of all, nobody asked to turn anybody religious. And second of all, you should repent first.”

  9. Weekly link is better

  10. Re Rabbi who went to Rome to attend ceremony of Cardinal Dolan becoming a Cardinal. Issues are 1) should one attend a non Jewish religious ceremony-clearly according to us no
    2) Can one recognize milestones in the life of non Jewish clergy?
    Why not-one could write tributes in honor of their birthday, retirement etc.

  11. Let’s let the daily experiment play out this week. If it doesn’t work, we’ll go back to weekly on Monday.

  12. Daily is better, because multiple stories and discussions are hard to follow in one thread.

    For the ‘reality shows’: an argument can be made that neither is tzniut, just as some media exclude women in any context. But for those of us who have no problem with women in the public sphere, I can see a distinction.

    I haven’t watched either show, but I’m aware of two types: the “game” type show, in which narcissists see who’s best at self-degradation, manipulation and betrayal; and the ‘talent’ type show in which ability is the factor. Tzniut is the tip of the iceberg for the former. The latter? If the talent is cooking, I don’t see a problem.

  13. Re “Rabbi Travels to Rome in Support of Cardinal Dolan” from the Algemeiner Journal – It is somewhat surprising to see the Lubavitcher run Algemeiner giving recognition and honor to a non-Orthodox clergman by referring to him as Rabbi.

    One of the Algemeiner’s late great columnists, and great friend of Lubavitch, Rabbi David B. Hollander z”l, spoke for decades about the importance of refraining from doing so.

    Another Lubavitcher institution a few months ago engaged in a similar honoring of the non-Orthodox, when Yeshiva Oholei Torah of Crown Heights honored the Conservative Brooklyn Jewish Center, and their spiritual leader.

    Would the Rebbe have approved? I guess now it is a free for all, איש הישר בעיניו יעשה. 🙁

  14. I agree with STBO and HAGTBG.

  15. “I agree with STBO and HAGTBG.”

    You’re probably the type that feels comfortable in the hustle and bustle of the tachana hamerkazit.(: I for one really don’t enjoy seeing 90 different threads lunmped together.

  16. MiMedinat HaYam

    lubavitch has been honori g intermarrieds even while the rebbe was alive and functioning.

    shaul s — tachana merkazit — i thought you were commenting on that tv show, which often takes place in (similar) tachanot type locales all over the world. perhaps it can teach ppl that there is more to the world than israel and america. though, of course, israel and america are the only important locales. (disclaimer — i never watch that show in entirety; only in switching channels.)

  17. “Algemeiner giving recognition and honor to a non-Orthodox clergman by referring to him as Rabbi.

    One of the Algemeiner’s late great columnists, and great friend of Lubavitch, Rabbi David B. Hollander z”l, spoke for decades about the importance of refraining from doing so.”
    Of course one can find examples of the Rav referringto Conservative Rabbis as Rabbi-see Helgotts book for examples.

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