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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 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. Two questions on the Rapfogel article
    Where is the restitution money coming from?
    The New York Times article showed him wearing a yarmulke. I wonder what people think about whether it would have been better for them to take off?

    • I think it would have been a mistake to remove the yarmulka. It would have made him look like a tricky Jew trying to fool the gentiles. The media probably would have pounced and the judge might have even commented on it.

  2. Does anyone know if Rapfogel wore a yarmulke professionally? I just tried Google Images and the visible yarmulke pictures are generally from his arrest etc. There are examples of many frum professionals of non frum Jewish organizations who did not keep their hair covered at work.
    Not that I am to rule between Gil and Joel my gut is that wearing a yarmulke to court would increase anti-semitism. I suspect there are more than a few frum bloggers over the years who when they go to court do not keep their hair covered.

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