The Final Year of Hirhurim

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For the past two years, I reported annual traffic statistics taken from Google Analytics: last year, two years ago. Here are the website traffic highlights of the past year (August 9, 2012-July 31, 2013):

  • Average weekday* daily unique readers: 1,353 (9% growth from previous year)
  • Average weekend* daily unique readers: 784 (7% growth)
  • Day of the week with most unique readers: Monday (averaging 1,417 – 7%)
  • Day of the year with most unique readers: Monday, July 15, 2013 – 4,142 unique readers (110%)
  • Day of the year with the 2nd most unique readers: Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 – 2,789 unique readers (44%)
  • Week with the most pageviews: Apr 14 – Apr 20, 2013 (61,932 – 41%)

And here are the top 25 posts (excluding news & links) along with unique pageview counts. I think the main lesson, aside from that controversy garners attention, is that the practical issue of drinking water on Tisha B’Av is of major interest. Below that are the top referring websites.

Top Posts

RankPostUnique Pageviews
1)My Nom De Plume Exposed11,507
2)Women Wearing Tallit?4,803
3)Drinking Water on Tisha B’Av4,551
4)Why Homosexuality Is Different in Our Times4,534
5)Don’t Call Me a Zionist, I Don’t Deserve It4,191
6)Update Re David Keter Letter4,013
7)Women’s Only Torah Reading3,913
8)Secular Talmud3,827
9)Partnership Minyanim3,398
10)What’s Wrong With Triangle-K?3,238
11)Homosexuality: Another Orthodox Perspective3,070
12)President Carter, Yeshiva University and Our Community2,936
13)Is Chabad Heresy?2,725
14)Sexual Misconduct and the Question of Rehabilitation2,652
15)The Most Important Discussions2,543
16)The Post-Yeshiva Synagogue2,528
17)Partnership Minyanim II2,476
18)Women and Judaism: Refocusing the Discussion2,389
19)Tolkien and the Jews2,378
20)Two New Slifkin Supporters2,296
21)Non-Defense of Rabbi Sacks2,123
22)Partnership Minyanim III2,013
23)Rav Moshe Vaye, Rav Eitam Henkin and Extremism1,938
24)Conservative Orthodoxy1,902
25)Cognitive Dissonance1,866

Top Referring Websites

1)Google / organic227,341
3)JI Daily13,990
5)Bing / organic8,890
6)Twitter (@gilstudent)7,520
8)Yahoo / organic3,061
10)Related Posts Widget2,476

* Weekday is defined as Sunday through Thursday, on which nights this blog is generally updated. Weekend is Friday and Saturday, plus Jewish holidays (both days).

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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 currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four 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. I hope it is not “The Final Year of Hirhurim”

  2. Mycroft: Apparently it is.

  3. I think the main lesson, aside from that controversy garners attention, is that the practical issue of drinking water on Tisha B’Av is of major interest.

    It is of special interest on Tisha B’Av when people are scouring the internet for blog posts that cover Torah that that they are allowed to learn on that day :).

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