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Skullcap, Kippah, or Yarmulke?
Skullcap, Kippah, or Yarmulke?

Three different words for the same Jewish head covering. Are they interchangeable?

J Sarna: 100 Years Later, Has Louis Brandeis’s Supreme Court Nomination Changed Anything?
100 Years Later, Has Louis Brandeis’s Supreme Court Nomination Changed Anything?

Louis Brandeis’s elevation to the Supreme Court was a watershed moment for American Jews — but, paradoxically, it seemed to do nothing to lessen this country’s anti-Semitism, Jonathan Sarna writes.

Ancient ‘rabbi’ burial inscription uncovered in Tzippori
Ancient ‘rabbi’ burial inscription uncovered in Tzippori

New discovery uncovers three burial inscriptions from 1,700-years-ago, revealing the importance of the city.

R Alter: How a Young Literary Scholar Came to Teach the Hebrew Bible at Berkeley
How a Young Literary Scholar Came to Teach the Hebrew Bible at Berkeley

Go west, young Hebraist.

Rabbi Behind Bars: Organizing a Different Kind of Minyan in West Virginia
Rabbi Behind Bars: Organizing a Different Kind of Minyan in West Virginia | Matzav.com

Rabbi Behind Bars: Organizing a Different Kind of Minyan in West Virginia January 27, 2016 6:21 am 0 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Most rabbis don’t consider close proximity to a prison a selling point when purchasing a home. But after living in Morgantown, W.V., for a few years, Rabbi Zalman G…

R D Landes: A Dream in Brno
A Dream in Brno

Franz Kafka’s proclivity for irony, paradox, shadow and dream were thoroughly evident in this past Shabbat’s dedication of a……

A Kirsch: Is ‘Tikkun Olam’ for the Betterment of the World, or Just for the Betterment of Divorce?
Is ‘Tikkun Olam’ for the Betterment of the World, or Just for the Betterment of Divorce?

Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. One of the secrets to the continuity of Judaism is that the same words can evolve to mean totally different things. The Talmud is full of this kind of semantic shifting: The rabbis regularly interpret…

I have mixed feelings about this. I am in favor of choosing your rabbi wisely but against a popular revolt about halakhic decision-making. What if this was about mechitzah or kashrus? Should a rabbi be pressured to rule one way by the public? Ultimately you have to make your choice between an evaluation of the whole person, not a specific decision.
Why I Rescinded My Shul Membership

Two weeks ago, I rescinded my shul membership. The rabbi had made a public statement against the use of……

Coming soon – Yeshiva University’s Annual Seforim Sale
Yeshiva University’s Annual Seforim Sale

Students Present North America’s Largest Jewish Book Sale Feb. 7-28

About Gil Student

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.

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