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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 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 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 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.

3 comments

  1. Re your comment:
    “Who is supposed to pay for yeshiva tuition?: Skip college — embrace Judaism and learn a trade”

    Many trades do pay comparably to tuition.

    Also, it would seem that making school affordable depends more on average salary than median salary. In other words, you can do better with more wealth in the hands of a few rich than a higher average income. Disposable income is non-linear; someone who is twice as rich has more than twice the available money to spend on things like supporting scholarship funds.

    Which is true of business — lower average income, but those who make it big can make it REALLY big.

  2. Srully Epstein

    Re: Jews in nearly 1,000 cities ‘taste the magic of Shabbat’

    Not to get too negative here, but if “over a million Jews took part in the Shabbat Project,” where are all the baalei teshuvah? From this and other such projects, events, and organizations?

    It seems that the BT “movement” which picked up some steam in the 1980s and early 1990s isn’t producing much if anything these days. Is my empirical observation incorrect?

    • Kiruv’s hayday was really in the 1970s, still keeping up in the 1980s, and already declining by the ’90s. Other factors were involved — Jewish Pride after the Six Day War, Entebee, etc…, it was an era when Folk Music sold, SSSJ could get 100k people showing up to a rally. The culture was more apt to promote ideological commitment.

      Attndees at AJOP conferences generally admit an awareness that things have stalled for the past decade or more. The investment has nearly doubled, without more baalei teshuvah to show for it.

      However, experiencing Shabbos doesn’t need to be part of a drive to make people frum to have value. See this beautiful piece on Beyond BT about “Circle, Point, and Line Kiruv”.

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