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▪ Is R Lopatin following in the footsteps of R Ahron Soloveichik?: Pushing the Orthodox envelope
Pursuing Positivity In The Digital Age
Speaking truth to power, or slandering one’s own congregants?
▪ The war on Jews continues: Denmark outlaws kosher slaughter
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▪ Any lessons for shuls?: Using Social Media in Your Church
▪ Interesting if uncritical perspective: The Presidents Conference: A United Voice For Jewry

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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.

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  1. What an interesting comment from R’ Lopatin ” “Let’s be confident about Torah and the blessed traditions we have, and not be afraid it’s going to be defiled” by too much involvement with the secular world.”

    I have no fear of the Torah being defiled but there is no doubt in my mind that those of us who live a holistic Torah life must always be careful that we are sure that all our actions and decisions are made through the lens of eternal Torah values. I sometimes wonder if the slippery slope is a good metaphor, it seems more like to some it is a level playing field where anywhere I choose to be is valid as long as there was one opinion somewhere in halachic history that could be understood as permitting it. Seems like textualists (in contradistinction to mimeticists) are being hoisted on their own petard.

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