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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.


  1. Of course it’s inevitable that Conservative Judaism will accept patrilineal Jews. After all, Orthodoxy has already accepted them, at least a large chunk of Israeli Orthodoxy. I refer, of course, to the concept of “Zera Yisrael,” which has been repurposed in the past decade or so to refer to patrilineal Jews and to argue that they are pretty much already Jews.

    • I would have said “that are pretty much geirei toshav”, in that the Jewish People have a responsibility to our non-Jewish family members the way the Jewish Monarchy has to Resident Aliens.

      And I thought the acceptance only goes as far as not dissuading conversion. But I will appreciate more detail from someone who actually lives there.

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