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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief 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 serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also 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. Asking a doctor rather than a rabbi as to whether one is too sick to fast on Yom Kippur is also literally a mishnah. And yet…

    Besides, I think here the point of the pesaq is that government protected but publicly available plants are indeed stolen when cut down.

    BTW, along these lines, the Rav said that if the 4 minim vender insists on cash, or will give you a better deal in cash, or otherwise makes you complicit in an income tax avoidance scheme, buying them in that manner would render the set invalid. The particular sin is one’s assisting (mesayeiah) the seller to sin.

    Unlike stealing a 4 minim set, this case is one we sadly really do have to watch out for.

    • Why would it be passul? It’s not a lulav hagazul and it’s not mitzvah habaah b’aveira is only when the aveira is b’shaas kiyum hamitzvah as the gemarra in Lulav HaGazul makes clear.

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