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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, 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 serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also 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.

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  1. “Orthodox Belief in God and Faith Is Spreading — Got a Problem With That?” is misleading. It’s not that O is spreading. In fact, the Pew study in question says that only 27% of American O, meaning 2.7% of American Jews, are baalei teshuvah. That number is less than the survey’s margin of error of 3%!

    So Pew couldn’t show the BT phenomenon had they wanted to, and the use of the word “spreading” is misleading.

    What they do report is the effects of comparative reproduction and retention rates.

    Another thing they report is that 62% of O Jews are chareidi. However… they also report that only 76% of chareidim and 81% of MO Jews refrain from handling money on Shabbos. Meaning, their definitions of these populations are so far from our intuitive ones, little can be concluded from the survey at all.

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