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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 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. “Withholding a Get” — Yuck. Whatever happened to הנעלבין ואינן עולבין?

    Good point about what to call “brain death”, as soon as you’ve named something you’ve defined it. Just as those who hold that muscovy duck is an ohf tamei call it just “muscovy”, and the Johannesburg beis din will tell you that “kingklip” is a dag tahor, they’ll never call it “cusk-eel.”

  2. For those who are looking for another point of view on Rabbi/Dr. Shabtai’s book on Brain Death, I reviewed it(along with Rav/Dr. Avraham Steinberg’s book) here: http://www.yctorah.org/images/stories/about_us/%235%20-%20stadlan.pdf

    Short summary: Rav Shabai’s book is valuable as a collection of sources. However, it is not, as he claims, an unbiased review and analysis of the data. His biases show in the analysis, and the scientific data he presents is erroneous.

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