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About Gil Student

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. Re: “Why Orthodox Jewish Women Are Happy,” who is Katie Kiefer and what does she know about orthodoxy? Apparently not much, since she writes that “we don’t hear” about Orthodox Jews “refusing to let women drive.” She deduces from the non-facecovering dress-code that Orthodox communities value women’s voices and opinions. Wouldn’t Orthodox women be the best judges of that? And she presents no evidence, other than her assumption, for the startlingly un-subtle assertion that “Orthodox Jewish Women are Happy.” Whether or not Orthodoxy values women’s voices, it’s pretty clear that this author does not – otherwise she would have found some actual orthodox women to back up her assertions about us, I think…

  2. “Strange political bedfellows don’t last long”
    I’m sure I’m missing something but I have no idea what this means.

    • Well, if you really don’t, here’s Tom Wolfe in 1970:

      One of the ironies of the history of the Jews in America was that their long championship of black civil liberties had begun to backfire so badly in the late 1960s. As Seymour Lipset has put it, “The integrationist movement was largely an alliance between Negroes and Jews (who, to a considerable extent, actually dominated it). Many of the interracial civil-rights organizations have been led and financed by whites, and the majority of their white members have been Jews. Insofar as a Negro effort emerged to break loose from involvement with whites, from domination of the civil-rights struggle by white liberals, it meant concretely a break with Jews, for they were the whites who were active in these movements. The Black Nationalist leadership had to push whites (Jews) ‘out of the way,’ and to stop white (Jewish) ‘interference’ in order to get whites (Jews) ‘off their backs.’”

  3. An example of some women who are not exactly happy with their position in Orthodox society

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