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▪ As we already knew, R. Lamm’s recent statements–including about women rabbis–do not necessarily represent his complete and accurate view: Lamm deemed unfit to testify in Yeshiva U. sex abuse case
▪ Jack Wertheimer replies re intermarriage with some very interesting comments about intermarriage, anti-Israel sentiments and punishment of institutions that follow historical norms: Great Expectations—A Reply to My Respondents
▪ Law Society Gazette (UK) profile of the Director of the London Beth Din: David Frei
▪ Two Americans write in an Israeli newspaper in favor of a New York policy of informed consent on metzitzah be-feh: Controversial circumcisions
▪ Reform rabbi Eric Yoffie is optimistic about liberal religion: The Bright Future of Liberal Religion
▪ I have nothing against this program but would be more in favor of a program to take on Israeli ignorance of basic Jewish culture. Every Israeli Jew should know the six words of Shema: New program takes on Israeli ignorance of US Jewry
▪ Based on Chullin 5b (צדיקים אין הקב”ה מביא תקלה על ידן), either supports Tosafos that only refers to food or to the Rambam that reading from a pasul sefer Torah is still good: Sefer Torah at Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Home Found in Mid-Laining to Be Missing Portion
Why Putin Refuses to Let the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Library Leave Moscow
▪ We really need a campaign to cross at the green (no sarcasm intended) and to get rid of traffic lights that only change when pedestrians push the button: Deadly Yom Kippur Crash Spurs Safety Push for Observant Jewish Pedestrians
▪ Austritt succeeds: Germany’s Largest Jewish Organization Is at the ‘Edge of Chaos’
▪ OMG!: Chinese foundation donates $130 million to Israel’s Technion
Denmark marks Jews’ rescue 70 years on
▪ Tomer Persico offers a serious discussion of the Kabbalah Center’s place in Kabbalistic tradition: Death of a Neo-Kabbalist: Philip Berg passes away
Simchat Torah, 1663: Samuel Pepys’ Account of a Lively Service in London

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.

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  1. R. Lamm made his comments about women rabbis more than 3 1/2 years ago. Bootstrapping that issue onto the current very sad turn of events is, I believe, seriously inappropriate and, quite frankly, not respectful to R. Lamm, may he and his family be granted God’s rachamim.

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