Weekly Freebies: Shavuos & Rus Musings

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I have collected 18 pages of Hirhurim posts for Shavuos, although some are only tenuously or not at all connected to the holiday. And here is an original translation and commentary of the book of Rus. This collection of musings is eclectic and intended to be interesting rather than rigorous. Some comments are long and some short, spanning various genres of Jewish tradition. You might notice some blog posts included, as well. Enjoy!

Shavuos Musings (PDF)

Rus Musings (PDF)

Note that some essays discuss theologically difficult issues and/or quote from non-Orthodox sources. Please only print out and distribute in a place that will be receptive to such material.

Shavuos Musings Table of Contents

Jewish Thought & Practice

  • God’s Uniqueness
  • Is Equality A Jewish Value?
  • Converts and Blessings
  • Converts Like Us
  • The Shavuos Get
  • On Torah

  • Who Decides On Big Issues?
  • Who’s Your Rebbe?
  • Rabbinic Boundaries
  • Torah Values
  • Belief and Ancestry
  • Torah From Heaven
  • R. Yehoshua Ben Levi and Aggadah
  • Commentary vs. Novellae
  • Torah Scholars and Peace
  • Miscellaneous

  • Technology and Sinai
  • Is Creativity Possible in the Information Age?
  • The Corporate Dilemma and the Financial Downturn
  • 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.

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