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▪ Announcing that Open Orthodox halakhah will look different than traditionalist halakhah, effectively proving Zev Eleff’s thesis: R Katz: Response to Dean David Berger on Open Orthodoxy
R Berger: Response to Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Helfand: The Price of Pluralism
▪ From the Associate Director of the Beth Din of America: Communal Pressure in the Get Process: Harchakot d’Rabbenu Tam
▪ Conservative rabbis are starting to see the opportunity of the moment: Where Have All The Traditional Conservative Rabbis Gone?
▪ Reform is not “yet” ready for intermarried rabbis: Will Other Movements Follow?
Rabbi on a mission to uncover hints of southern Italy’s Jewish past
How choice can end a New York school war

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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. I was fascinated by R’ Katz’s statement “His Modern Orthodoxy is a compilation of two disparate value systems which operate side by side. For him, the Modern Orthodox ethos is primarily Orthodox with a mere nod to modernity, its core, though, is exclusively Orthodox.”

    Modifying the “mere nod” spin (i.e. replacing it with “engaging with”), I think that description is correct.

    R’ Katz’s definition does not seem to me to give primacy to orthodoxy and thus fails for me.

    • In general I was underwhelmed by R’ Gordimer’s reply to R’ Katz, but the fact that R Katz isn’t rooted in the MO community shoes in the quote RJR comments on.

      The one thing one expects from a talmid of the Rav is a dialectical approach, not a synthesis.

      And “primarily Orthodox” is still a compromised religion.

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