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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. In R Oppenheimers article he seems to not want to group homosexuality into the group of sins that are rational such as thievery murder etc. However it can be argued very strongly that there is hardly anything more against rationality and biology than homosexuality. It’s definitely not a “chok” and was never classified as one as far as I know by anyone.

  2. I think R’ Wieder, and most of the respondants, miss R’ Willig’s point. I didn’t see him raising an issue with women learning gemara in and of itself. Rather, he is suggesting that the issue has become entangled with that of feminism in a way that the Rav either hadn’t realized or wasn’t yet true.

    We are now in a world where you hear arguments for ordinaining women based on it being a natural progression from the decision to teach them gemara and the number of women with expertise. Learning isn’t being understood by everyone to be about learning, gender power issues were mixed into the discussion.

    We may be losing more than we gain — compared to other possible equally demanding and inspiring curricula. Or more precisely, R’ Willig didn’t actually suggest a decision; he said there is a pro-vs-con here we need to look at and discuss.

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