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▪ This kind of talk must be repudiated as loudly and forcefully as possible: ‘Lapid Will Be Murdered Like Rabin’
▪ Forward editorial says that if your religion doesn’t allow something the law requires, either break the law or your religion, and suffer the consequences. Would they also advise the same if circumcision is banned entirely (not unthinkable)?: The Limits of Religious Freedom
▪ Incredible story: A Pakistani Jew steps cautiously out of the shadows
▪ Friends indeed, helping in this life-threatening situation: Interfaith group sending $1 million to secure Jews in Ukraine
▪ This is a Kiddush Hashem, giving up political points to observe Torah: Lawmaker-rabbi to miss first legislative session for Shabbat
▪ RIETS is reportedly withholding ordination from a rabbinical student who ran (continues to run?) a partnership minyan. I assume they would do the same if they learned a student was driving on Shabbos, even though some “rabbis” permit it: Your Semicha or Your Wife
Spolter: A Shemittah Dilemma
▪ Five reasons: Chanes: What Went Wrong With Conservative Judaism?
▪ Chasidic facial hair transplants?: Facial Hair Transplants Growing Amid Hipster Beard Craze, Doctors Say
▪ YCT grad – not bad, given the space limitations: What defines the Modern Orthodox movement?
‘Too Holy To Print’: The Forbidden Books of Jewish Magic

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. “This kind of talk must be repudiated as loudly and forcefully as possible: ‘Lapid Will Be Murdered Like Rabin’”

    So far as I can see, no one is calling for his murder; Halbertal is reporting what he thinks is going to happen.

    Compare https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Steyn#Eurabia

    “In his book America Alone, Steyn posits that Muslim population growth has already contributed to a modern European genocide:[20]

    ‘Why did Bosnia collapse into the worst slaughter in Europe since the second World War? In the thirty years before the meltdown, Bosnian Serbs had declined from 43 percent to 31 percent of the population, while Bosnian Muslims had increased from 26 percent to 44 percent. In a democratic age, you can’t buck demography — except through civil war. The Serbs figured that out, as other Continentals will in the years ahead: if you cannot outbreed the enemy, cull ’em. The problem that Europe faces is that Bosnia’s demographic profile is now the model for the entire continent.’

    When some left-wing critics claimed Steyn was advocating genocide in this passage, he wrote:[21]

    ‘My book isn’t about what I want to happen but what I think will happen. Given Fascism, Communism and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, it’s not hard to foresee that the neo-nationalist resurgence already under way in parts of Europe will at some point take a violent form. … I think any descent into neo-Fascism will be ineffectual and therefore merely a temporary blip in the remorseless transformation of the Continent.'”

  2. I’ve been told by a reliable source that the YU/smicha fiasco has been resolved and the smicha student will get the smicha he earned.

  3. Re religious freedom: Since you make your argument through use of a rhetorical question, let me make a counterargument in the same manner. Would you advise the government to allow anybody saying he/she had a religious objection to (a) paying taxes used for the military or (b) hiring Jews or African-Americans, and therefore did not pay such taxes and discriminated against the members of such (protected) groups, to ignore the law and let them get away with not paying taxes or with racial and religious discrimination?

  4. Joseph, (a) and (b) are nothing like each other, unless one makes no differentiation between private and public actions.

  5. Joseph Kaplan

    Nachum, True, but both involve violating the law in matters of, I believe, compelling state interest.

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