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Grappling With the Rising Cost of Being an Orthodox Jew
▪ It can’t be used in a shul but is an important step forward in robot’s rights: Robot writes Torah in Berlin museum
In Brooklyn, a Trove of Hebrew Books From Centuries Past
▪ That there was even a question shows the pernicious influence of tabloids misrepresenting the story: Canadian mohel cleared in ‘metzitzah b’peh’ case

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 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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  1. “Robot writes Torah in Berlin museum”

    I once read a story about R. Moshe Feinstein, that he heard that someone had permitted writing a get with a typewriter, and he had very harsh words about it. Someone then asked him, nu, what is wrong with it, and he said, it is a good question to discuss, but it is a clear breach of masorah.

    It would be interesting to see a discussion about just why the robo-Torah is not kosher.

    However, one must take exception to these statements:

    “In order for the Torah to be holy, it has to be written with a goose feather on parchment, the process has to be filled with meaning and I’m saying prayers while I’m writing it,” said Rabbi Reuven Yaacobov.

    A goose feather is not required, in fact Sephardi sifrei torah are written with a reed. Besides, no reason why a robot could not use a goose feather.

    Prayers are not meakev, either. Kavannah probably is

    Which brings one to the question of whether pressing a button on a machine can render the product lishmah. That is a widely discussed question in several areas, including matzoh and tsitsis.

    (There may be other reasons it is possul, just want to get the ball rolling.)

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