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Rav Mayer Twersky: Women Rabbis Are a Sign of Deep Assimilation http://jewishlinknj.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11307:rav-mayer-twersky-women-rabbis-are-a-sign-of-deep-assimilation&catid=151:community-news&Itemid=584
Rav Mayer Twersky: Women Rabbis Are a Sign of Deep Assimilation

Editor’s Note: The following represents only notes and thoughts on several themes presented by Rabbi Twersky. Anyone interested is in further information is invited to please visit www.torahweb.org. The title of the shiur was “The Role of Women in Mesorah,” dated January 10, 2015. Rabbi Hersh…

Will Charedi internet providers be forced out of business by law? – Does Religious Freedom Entail the Ability to Censor the Internet Privately? http://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2016/01/does-religious-freedom-entail-the-ability-to-censor-the-internet-privately/
Does Religious Freedom Entail the Ability to Censor the Internet Privately?

Network neutrality vs. Brooklyn’s Ḥaredim.

The Passover Sacrifice, Soviet Refuseniks, and the Promise of a National Future http://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2016/01/the-passover-sacrifice-soviet-refuseniks-and-the-promise-of-a-national-future/
The Passover Sacrifice, Soviet Refuseniks, and the Promise of a National Future

During two exoduses, defiance proved better than comfort.

Landers’ mandatory ethics class – ‘Halacha Is Not Only About Kashrut And Shabbat’’ http://www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/education-careers/halacha-not-only-about-kashrut-and-shabbat
Landers’ mandatory ethics class – ‘Halacha Is Not Only About Kashrut And Shabbat’’ www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/education-careers/halacha-not-only-about-kashrut-and-shabbat

I was debating whether to sign this but decided against because I don’t think it will accomplish anything. Jewish organizations will not change meaningfully based on a petition. That just isn’t how they work. So it just gives signers a false sense of doing something – Seeing ‘Crisis’ In Jewish Ethics, Group Urges Reform http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/gary-rosenblatt/seeing-crisis-jewish-ethics-group-urges-reform
Seeing ‘Crisis’ In Jewish Ethics, Group Urges Reform

Rabbis, academics say recent breaches ‘make mockery of Jewish values’; offer new blueprint.

Forgotten communities: Bevis Marks http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/forgotten-communities-bevis-marks/
Forgotten communities: Bevis Marks

JTA has four articles about this in the past two weeks. That is the kind of media bias facing traditional Judaism – Rabbi Lila Kagedan poised to make history with job at Orthodox shul http://www.jta.org/2016/01/13/news-opinion/united-states/rabbi-lila-kagedan-poised-to-make-history-with-job-at-orthodox-shul
Rabbi Lila Kagedan poised to make history with job at Orthodox shul

Kagedan is the first ordainee of Yeshivat Maharat to call herself a rabbi and land a job at an Orthodox synagogue.

The Catholic Italian Ventriloquist Who Loves Hasidic Jews http://jewinthecity.com/2016/01/the-catholic-italian-ventriloquist-who-loves-hasidic-jews/
The Catholic Italian Ventriloquist Who Loves Hasidic Jews

John Pizzi is one of the hottest rising stars in the entertainment industry and has appeared on America’s Got Talent as well as comedy clubs all over the U.S. where he opens for celebrities like Joy Behar and Weird Al. Besides being a sought-after ventriloquist and magician, John has developed a…

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.

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