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Jewish Identities in Postmodern Societies

Life in Israel: Rabbanut reveals extreme kashrut violations
This is why we need serious kosher inspections

A Reform Marriage, An Orthodox Divorce
A surprisingly nice experience, which I think is the under-reported majority. We should see more stories like this about Orthodox conversion, as well. The under-reported satisfied majority

Star of David, Star of Solomon, or Star of Sheriff?

EXCLUSIVE: Landmark Initiative to Raise Salaries of Rebbeim – Hamodia
Guess what the impact will be on yeshiva tuitions

When a Synagogue Closes, What Becomes of Its Torah?

Everything we love to eat is a scam
This is why we need kosher supervision on so many seemingly simple foods

Controversial Brooklyn Eruv for Modern Orthodox Vandalized Amid Dispute With Chabad
This is Chabad vs Chabad

Israeli Food Startup Aims to Make Meat — Minus the Animal

Kosher catering at a non-kosher venue – What’s happening in the kitchen?
OU Kosher

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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently 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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  1. About tech vs Shabbos:

    R’ Ysoscher Katz ignores the very limited scope of the teshuvah. It doesn’t even cover all locks, never mind the opening of a door to a new approach to electronics. The analysis is basically Historical School. (The approach to halakhah of a school of thought of late 19th century that later was the primary element of what evolved into Conservative Judaism.) Rather than deal with halachic issues, and the details that impact the kind of legal decision-making that halakhah rests upon (sevara, lomdus), Rabbi Katz deals with what he is portraying as the start of a sociological trend.

    Meanwhile his verbiage has led a number of those who commented on his Facebook posts to anticipate the end of a ban on all electronics usage — regardless of function and situation — and to ask leading questions as though they’re trying to see what “isn’t really” prohibited and act accordingly.

    I pointed this out to him on Facebook, initially after the first post, and privately. He did not post a clarification. So, I accused him of “rabbinic malpractice” on that comment chain. Then Rabbi Katz just added fuel to the fire with a follow-up post. That clarification of the law and the legal barriers such a trend would have to overcome still hasn’t been provided.

    This bodes VERY poorly for the actual Orthodoxy of the nascent “Open Orthodox” movement.

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