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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.

5 comments

  1. I think there is something wrong with both the text and the link on the bullet item that begins ” Only Jews can get away with saying this (although I wouldn’t say it publicly)”.

    The text of the link is the same as the next item, and the link itself reads (translating from URL-encoding to English) “https://www.torahmusings.com… Jewish Dems slam Iowa’s Steve King for questioning their faith”.

    I think you intended “Jewish Dems slam Iowa’s Steve King for questioning their faith

    • Congressman King is mistaken… The Tikkun Olam style Jew cannot place his Judaism second for tautological reason. His Judaism is about fixing the world, and his definition of an ideal world is that of a Liberal Democrat. One doesn’t go first or second — they’re an inseparable whole.

    • Fixed. Thanks

  2. Srully Epstein

    Typical Times article: Running down the slippery slope from “arranged” to “forced” to “chained.”

  3. Reading the charity collector article I have a very strong feeling that this is not the right way to disburse charity funds. Even if one has an obligation to give to everyone who asks that obligation is for a small amount – the $1-10 that these collectors will apparently not even accept (per the article). Why are people giving out apparently large portions of their yearly tzedakah based on who happens to know to come to their door, vs. proactively looking for who is doing what they think is important? And while personal relationships are important, there have been enough recent cases to show that they can’t substitute for financial oversight. What a bizarre system. (Or nonsystem.) Enough to make one long for the days of centralized gabbaim…

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