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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 currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four 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: Judaica

    While many non-observant Jews might dismiss the schism with their religious brethren as being intellectual, the difference is neatly summed-up by the topic of this article: For us, they’re תשמישי קודש; for them, “Judaica”.

    • From a technical standpoint I’d guess most of them have a status of tashmish dtashmish. I mention this because I always wonder whether the din of hiddur (or the schar thereof) is a function of the mehadeir’s intention and resources and focus (e.g. compare total mitzvah points for a multimilllionaire who buys a $100,000 etrog box to show his friends how much he’s worth plus a grade b etrog[since it all looks quite similar to the average eye] to an average yossie who uses the distributor’s box and buys a grade a etrog by skipping breakfast for a month [even though he’ll be by his in laws out of town where no one will appreciate his etrog]

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