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The Death of the Jewish Bronx
The Death of the Jewish Bronx

On many a Sunday when I was a child, I accompanied my father not to baseball games but to funerals. A rabbi, he officiated at these deathly occasions near and far, but mostly in the Bronx. This was the 1970s, and the Bronx—specifically the Jewish Bronx—was dying out. Those who remained in the…

Interview with R Francis Nataf
Traditional and Modern Jewish Bible Scholarship

An interview with Rabbi Francis Nataf by Yoel Schaper. The study of the Hebrew Bible occupies a central role in Judaism. As religious Jews, it is an eternal and sacred collection to us. But how relevant are medieval commentators to us today? And how can

Brooklyn restaurant gives special needs teen great experience

A Brooklyn restaurant dished out a healthy serving of compassion for a family with a special-needs teen.

The symposium starts tonight
A Timely Look at Masorah

The second night of Pesach we started Sefirat HaOmer, each evening counting the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot. We all know that during the first 32 days of the counting of the Omer we hold by certain restrictions to reflect our sadness for the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students.

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 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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