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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief 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 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.


  1. The essays in the new Orthodox Forum on the next generation of MO were all fascinating. I especially liked the essay of R Gil Perl. I question why R S Hain had to refer the reader to a less than complimentary footnote about Torahweb, a superb website for the dissemination of Torah by RIETS RY as some sort of Moetzes for RIETS RY.

  2. The following is the relevant portion of the footnote that I mentioned:

    more subtle manifestation of the increasing haredization of Modern Orthodoxy
    is the attempt to project certain YU roshei yeshivah as a Modern Orthodox moetzes
    through vehicles like the website

  3. Presumably because on rare occasion TorahWeb issues Moetzes-like pronounements. Then again, YU roshei yeshiva did the same about WPGs in the 80s.

  4. R Gil-pronouncments issued on a rare occasion hardly rise to the routine level of announcements plastered on the walls of communities or via pamphlets.

  5. That’s not how the Moetzes works. I think a better distinction is that the TorahWeb rabbinic board only claims to be A da’as Torah and not THE da’as Torah.

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