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▪ Are we fooling ourselves when we find meaning in mitzvos? Modernizing Our “Stone-Age” Tenets. And even when we find meaning, a Conservative rabbi argues, we have to look beyond our personal benefits: When Judaism is All About You
▪ The story of this long-lost language that is so helpful in biblical studies: Cracking the Ugaritic Code
Friday Nights at the Kotel
▪ Two assessments of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ legacy:Jonathan Sacks’s intellectual legacy, The Rabbi in the Public Square. But don’t write those eulogies too soon because he is still making news and shaping public policy: David Cameron must do more to encourage marriage, warns Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks
▪ Zionism we all can agree on: Yemeni Jews secretly airlifted to Israel
▪ The seven years of plenty are over: Antwerp haredi schools forced to choose between censorship and subsidies. And not just for Charedim: Schechter of East Brunswick Closes Three Weeks Before School Starts. The bad decisions we made in setting up our educational systems are finally coming home to roost.
▪ This is the kind of issue the media sensationalizes and exaggerates. But the basic plotline rings true to me: 300% increase in complaints of discrimination against Sephardic girls
▪ We discussed this issue recently: Rabbi Ariel: ‘Banks are the Last Place to Borrow Money From’
▪ R David Brofsky explores Minhagei Elul and Hilchos Rosh
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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He 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 bad decisions we made in setting up our educational systems are finally coming home to roost.

    Sounds like shorthand for situations we don’t know about. What bad decisions? I’d think it’s more a question of failure of the Conservative movement to motivate its members to send their kids to yeshiva. This is the second Schechter to close in North Jersey in less than a decade.

    And with the Haredi schools in Antwerp, do you mean the choice to live in poverty and depend on government handouts, or do you mean the choice to censor texts?

    “Bad decisions” is a value judgment – what values are you denigrating? Could be any number of things.

    If “shorthand” about “situations” is going to be a concern, you may have to rethink the whole news-links concept. The very nature of your decision to summarize links leads to shorthand.

  2. By bad decisions, I meant how we build our schools administratively. I am sure Schechters would have many more students if the tuition was more affordable. That would require rethinking thousands of decisions that go into building a school.

    And regarding Charedi schools, their failure to provide even a rudimentary secular education to students has cost them their government funding.

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