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▪ So much real news but silly stories often lead: On Homer Simpson and the Jews
▪ Recovery from Katrina is not as smooth as hoped: As school crumbles, New Orleans Rabbi Uri Topolosky leaves city
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▪ One word – zeitgeist: Why Intelligent People Are Less Likely to Be Religious
▪ Sociologist Peter Berger questions an important premise of progressive religion (Catholicism is case study) – youth aren’t interested in conservative religion: Cardinal Newman and the Progressive View of the World (hat tip: First Thoughts)
▪ Have leadership values changed sinced the 20th century?: Yanklowitz: Core Values for Strong 21st-Century Jewish Leadership
▪ Making Jewish institutions more appealing by removing their Jewish content. Sounds like a recipe for colossal long-term failure: As Teens Defect from Shul, Congregations Find Ways to Revamp Programming
▪ Strange story. No answer to the obvious question – why: Two rabbis and a gold miner rang the NYSE opening bell
▪ Are we really still talking about this?: Should Men Thank God They Were Not Born Women?, Change Sexist Attitudes — Not Ancient Prayer

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 and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance 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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