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Would a Pregnancy Through a Donor Egg Feel Like ‘Mine’?
First Hebrew/Judeo-Yemeni Arabic dictionary published
Bill Clinton’s 20-Year Conversation With a Rabbi – Washington Wire – WSJ
▪ Religion is good for rehabilitation of criminals: Revise kippah rules, ACLU tells Wyoming prison services
▪ Bad idea to legislate kosher rules: Bill suggests kosher certificate for restaurants open on Shabbat
▪ This is an issue Charedim also face. Religious people of many faiths face similar obstacles in today’s world: Religious Freedom, Secular Forum
▪ Muslim soldiers face many dilemmas that Orthodox Jews face: Army imam: Muslims can be good soldiers
▪ Wishful thinking: Roe v. Wade’s Days Are Numbered

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 of New Jersey, 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 recently served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and 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. “Religion is good for rehabilitation of criminals”

    That’s assuming that:

    1. They weren’t “frum” before they went in.

    2. This isn’t a nuisance lawsuit. Inmates are bored and love suing the prisons.

    • Unless hitting bottom in jail is where the frum person finally becomes religious.

      • To put it another way, teshuvah is relevant to FFBs also, not just BTs.

        • As someone I know once wrote:

          Rava’s idea that “those who go to its left, it is a sam hamaves, an elixir of death” can be somewhat frightening. It means that it’s possible to be a meticulously observant Jew with an intense program of Torah study and still be headed in the wrong direction, or as we would say in today’s parlance, “off the derekh“….

          How would this play out communally?

          One possible outcome is that we would find a community of very committed, very observant Jews, but who do not show all the signs of the holiness the Torah is supposed to bring us to. This could happen if there is insufficient attention to the entire notion of a goal beyond the halakhah, so that black letter halakhah — that which can be measured, laid out in clear obligated or prohibited terms — takes center seat without any attempt to become the kind of person more capable of fulfilling the full breadth of its commandments. There would be mixed reports of business ethics, scandals of respected rabbis committing fiscal crimes, others unable to control their lust, yet others abusing their power over their students in other ways.

  2. “Would a Pregnancy Through a Donor Egg Feel Like ’Mine’?” Speaking as someone who adopted thrice… It depends on your background and inclination. To us, it’s as relevant as which children were born naturall and which were by C-Section — it doesn’t touch the day-to-day relationship. But I have warned adoptive couples not to raise a child who can’t feel at home. If you’re thinking about “doing a chesed”, adoption is not for you. It’s not fair to the child to be raised by people being generous; adoptive parents should be as selfishly motivated as any other parent. (Insert detour into the introduction of Shaarei Yosher here. While that’s not my point, what I’m saying proves R’ Shimon’s.)

    IVF-D is similar, but easier. IVF-H — I have no idea why the question would even come up about being able to bond with a child who is genetically both parents’.

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