Selections – Orthodox Community

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I am going through the archives and categorizing old posts. I will occasionally be posting here some posts which you may find interesting. Unfortunately, sometimes the graphics, comments or Hebrew text got lost over time.

Orthodox Community

  • Orthodoxy in the Future – Jan 16, ’11 – I just got back from the 2011 OU Convention. I only attended two sessions but they were quite thought-provoking. The second, the last one of the day, was a panel discussion on the Orthodox role in the Jewish community of tomorrow…
  • The Road Forward for Modern Orthodoxy – Jul 10, ’12 – Modern Orthodoxy has long struggled with generating a passion for its middle-of-the-road religious positions. Moderate stances, even when correct, are often accompanied by diminished excitement…
  • Leaving and Staying – Feb 9, ’12 – In the modern world, the phenomenon of someone leaving a sheltered minority to become part of the majority culture is hardly newsworthy. Orthodox Jews have been abandoning their community for well over a century, occasionally in floods and sometimes in trickles…
  • Crisis! Uninspired Jews – Oct 28, ’10 – Vosizneias posted (with permission) a recent article in Mishpacha magazine about uninspired Orthodox youth (link). After discounting the required denunciation of secular culture and the occasional crime against the English language, the article is fairly good. It offers some concrete suggestions on how to turn your children on spiritually…
  • BTs are the Establishment – Oct 12, ’10 – The Avi Chai Foundation sponsored a two-year study of Jewish leaders, the results of which were recently published online (link – PDF). There are many interesting results but here are some numbers that caught my eye. The study distinguished between leaders in establishment organizations, non-establishment and mixed, and younger (<=40) and older (>40)…

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, 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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