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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. The link to “an excellent analysis by Doug Aronim” points to a JP article which is neither by Doug Aronim nor an excellent analysis.

  2. Doug Aronin’s analysis is not excellent at all. His argument is not according to Daas Torah. The great Rabbis of NY including Rabbis Feinstein and Kotler attended public demonstrations against various aspects of the Jewish State even though it might reflect badly on Torah Jewry. These considerations were not taken into account when the house was burning, so to speak. I think all Haredi Jews would agree that the house is burning and that Open Orthodoxy is working to destroy Haredi Judaism. The Novominsker does not have to stand by and say nothing, even though Michael Powell might take notice and find offense.

  3. Trying to extrapolate from what gedolim of 50 years ago did in one situation to a totally different situation today is fraught with danger.

    There is no need to embarass or even potentially embarass a non-Jewish government official with discussion of internal Jewish issues. Aronin makes one good suggestion: wait till after the mayor leaves before blasting OO. Our criticism of OO is none of his concern.

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