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▪ An attempt to rescue Heschel from his contradictions does not succeed: Poetic Theologian ($)
A Rabbi and an Imam Visit Frisch
▪ No one quite knows what to expect: Agunah Court Scheduled for Summer Opening
Chief rabbi, Tzohar clash over conversion law
Weinreb: Religion vs. Spirituality
Rothstein: Ramban on Alien Worship and Service of Hashem
▪ Leaders and leadership skills: From Good to… Good Enough?
▪ Two YCT students have it all figured out: What should being Jewish mean today?

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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.


  1. For example Jewish people will not be pleased with you unless you follow them or the idea of Jews being the `Chosen Ones.”
    Might someone explain what contemporary issue the Imam was getting at?

    • joel rich — I think he was just giving examples of passages that Muslims have traditionally (mis)interpreted as being critical or derisive of Jews (e.g., “Jewish people will not be pleased with you unless you follow them” could be read as criticizing Jews for being proud or haughty).

      More generally, I am curious if Rabbi Schneier’s project conforms to the interfaith guidelines that the Rav promulgated for the RCA. The goal seems to be peaceful relations (and, in that regard, would not differ from maintaining a healthy relationship with the Catholic Church, which the Rav approved), but this article indicates that there is interfaith **doctrinal** discussion taking place as well.

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