Weekly Freebies: RJJ Journal

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Some, although not many, articles from The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society are available on the YU Torah website: link. Let us hope that more are added.

See prior freebies here: link

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.


  1. It seems to be mostly if not exclusively articles written by YU-affilitated people, which of course makes sense. Still a very valuable resource.

  2. Joseph Kaplan

    What happened in 1993 that they stopped posting any articles?

  3. Lawrence Kaplan

    Nachum: Exclusively. I’m surprised Gil did not mention this.

  4. aryeh lebowitz

    The four articles I have written for the RJJ Journal are all on yutorah somewhere but don’t seem to be showing up in the link. I have no ongoing affiliation with YU – maybe that’s why my articles can’t be on that page. I seem to recall hearing that the editors of the journal only permitted articles written by YU staff to appear on the page.

  5. R’ Lebowitz, maybe it’s only people with other pieces on YUTorah, affiliated with YU or not. You have hundreds.

  6. Lawrence Kaplan

    Gil: I am sorry that I initially did not give you enough credit. Upon further reflection, it seems clear to me that you were well aware of the fact that the RJJ Journal only gave YU Torah permission to post articles of YU affiliated rabbis, and you were indirectly and diplomatically expressing the hope that the Jounal’s editors would broaden their permission.

  7. I wouldn’t go that far. It’s not clear to me whether the journal’s position has changed over time or is haphazard and what YU Torah’s position is. A few years ago, someone started (with permission) a website for the journal but it seems to have died quickly.

  8. Thanks for this link, the RJJ journal is not available where I currently live but it used to be one of my favourite reads!

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