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Hoffman: The Case of the White Castle Hamburger
▪ How can anyone say with a straight face that the Rabbanut is what is turning young Non-Orthodox American Jews off from Israel? It’s the Palestinian issue: New U.S. Group Warns Israel On ‘Who Is A Jew’
Pruzansky: The Jewish Ethic Of Personal Responsibility
▪ Interesting thoughts on cross-continental Judaism: Is Marmite Kosher? Well, Yes and No
▪ Non-Orthodox Judaism is committing slow generational suicide: Be Fruitful and Multiply — Please?
▪ The sacrilege that results from reading your own beliefs into the Torah: The queering of Leviticus, or how a rabbi permits gay sex

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. I find it remarkable that Hoffman can be so exhaustively analytic about all the details of the case regarding kashrus, but so blithely assumes that the person in question is a choteh letayavon. As a formerly observant person, it is just as possible that he has indeed been exposed to the bais medrash and found that it failed to inspire him in the same way that it inspires Hoffman.

  2. “How can anyone say with a straight face that the Rabbanut is what is turning young Non-Orthodox American Jews off from Israel?”
    One might distinguish between young Jews who are religiously affiliated, and those who are not. The former tend to be more attached to Israel, even as they stuggle with the Palestinian issue, but if Israel rejects them religiously, the risks discussed in this article come into sharper focus.

  3. The Jewish Week article about liberal groups trying to take control of conversion, etc. away from the Rabbanut includes a claim that 90% of the next generation of American Jews is non-Orthodox. The Forward article about generational suicide notes that the Orthodox are catching up at a rate of 15,000 people per year based on birthrate. Eventually, one of those statistics is going to make the other one less potent.

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