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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 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. “A worker who is paid by the hour knows that leaving work on hour early—whether to sleep, to go shopping, or to drive a Hebrew-school carpool—involves a reduction in income exactly equal to the hourly wage rate,” Chiswick writes, and therefore, “a person’s potential hourly earnings thus provide a good first approximation of the value of an hour spent in any activity.”

    Isn’t this exactly what HKB”H asks of each of us – to consider the infinite value of each minute we get to spend here, and to use it wisely (of which our hourly rate at work is only one factor to take into account)?

  2. I don’t mean to nitpick, but what about Prof. Robert Aumann? (I guess it depends on the broadness of the term “Yeshivish,” since he did go to RJJ for HS).

    • “Cool. Would he be the first yeshivish Nobel laureate?:”

      Although not Yeshiva-apparently Robert Solow’s family name was originally Soloveitchik. Of interest is that although they both lived in the same Metropolitan area-Boston-Robert Solow had not heard of the Rav until asked by a close student of his.

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