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▪ I don’t understand why a responsum needs a philosophy. It sounds inauthentic to me: Rabbi Ysoscher Katz and Rabbi Ozer Glickman – Rounds One and Two
Brooks: The Moral Bucket List
The Probability of God
▪ The evolution debate continues: Dr. Lee Spetner’s continued exchange with Dr. Edward E. Max
Jews in Jail
Female rabbis are forging a path outside denominational Judaism
▪ I’d switch seats with someone who asks unless it splits my family seating: Aboard Flights, Conflicts Over Seat Assignments and Religion
▪ Keep in mind that conservative values does not necessarily lead to conservative voting: E Cohen: The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism
Y Levin: Judaism’s Countercultural Understanding of Human Nature
▪ Has anyone said it yet? There is no halakhah preventing a Jewish store owner from providing services to a gay wedding except under very unusual circumstances: Persico: About The Indiana Law Allowing Business Owners to Refuse to Aid A Gay Wedding
Gordimer: Passover the Rabbi Served Chametz – Open Orthodox Passover
Brill: Open Orthodox Haggadah- Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
▪ Quoting R. Dr. Jeffrey Woolf: Would a Modern Death Penalty be Kosher for Israel?
M Soloveichik: When Lincoln Died on Passover
Y Prager: Pesach and Abraham Lincoln’s 150th Yahrzeit: Reflections on God’s Role in History
▪ Very interesting and important: LA Rabbis Explain Abuse Policy

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 of New Jersey, 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 recently served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and 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. “Has anyone said it yet? There is no halakhah preventing a Jewish store owner from providing services to a gay wedding except under very unusual circumstances”

    Lifnei Iver — if no one else can supply the product or service. (Which probably qualifies as “unusual circumstances.”)
    Midvar Sheker Tirchak — If the service includes expressing approval of something that is highly objectionable. (E.g. “Mazal Tov to Adam and Steve on their wedding, may they have a long and happy life together.” To be printed on a cake or invitation.)

    • No one else can supply the product? They can get “married” without a cake and can probably go to other bakeries, as well.

      Midvar sheker tirchak is a stretch. Can you sell a “happy birthday” cake to someone you hate and wish was dead? For parnassah, no one would turn it down.

  2. “Can you sell a “happy birthday” cake to someone you hate and wish was dead? For parnassah, no one would turn it down.”

    Now that is an exceedingly rare situation. How many people hate someone they wish them dead? And if they do, they would be willing to make a Happy Birthday cake for them? I think most people who hated someone that much would turn down the business.

    • MiMedinat HaYam

      Shoprite (employees, presumably) refused to bake a happy birthday hitler cake, in an economically depressed town with minimal Jewish residents.

      People do turn down business. It’s only $100 or so gross profit (full blown wedding cake). Not a big deal to stand up for your convictions.

  3. Why didnt you post the original video about the LA abuse case?

    In either event, the claim that they failed to protect potential victims from this monster because of fear of potential law suits does not impress me as holdin gmuch halakhic water.

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