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R Efrem Goldberg
What is the Measure of a Great Community?

What is the measure of a great community? What are the metrics and tools we use to evaluate the success of a society? In this week’s parsha, Mishpatim, the Torah tell us that we must not cause pain or suffering to a widow or orphan. So strict is this law, that God promises that one …

Don’t underestimate the impact of sticker shock, even with generous tuition assistance
Jewish Day School Tuition a Burden? What One School is Doing About It

With a little one at home, my husband and I so often discuss the many things we hope to……

The Matzav Shmoooze: Super Bowl Fressing Embarrassment | Matzav.com

The Matzav Shmoooze: Super Bowl Fressing Embarrassment February 4, 2016 7:09 pm 3 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Dear Editor, In the past, I used to get nauseous. Now I am just plain sick. I am not a kana’i and I generally don’t worry about what people do, but isn’t there a gevul to certain thin…

The nature of a compromise is that nobody wins fully. The traditional Orthodox feel like they lost something in this and so do the Orthodox women of the Wall
Setting the record straight: Women of the Wall

Anat Hoffman is quoted in The Times of Israel as having offered the Original Women of……

Keeping Our Communities Safe: Questions and Answers With the CSS

The Community Security Service (CSS) seeks to protect the people, institutions and events of the American Jewish community, including the many regions served by The Jewish Link. In light of recent raised terror threats and security concerns throughout the world, I reached out to Deena Seelenfreund,…

Oy, the reason that they were out there is so sad
Hasidic Jews help rescue woman who jumped off George Washington Bridge

NEW YORK (JTA) — Volunteers from a Hasidic Jewish enclave in New York state helped rescue a 25-year-old woman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge. Heshy Gottdiener, 36, and others from New Square were searching for the body of a 46-year-old man from their Rockland County village who had leap…

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. 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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