New Periodical: RJJ Journal LXII

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New issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society:

  • Tearing Keriah in the Presence of Death by R. Sariel Malitzky – Who tears keriah and on whom? Must doctors tear keriah? R Moshe Feinstein says yes but many others say no. Article includes a number of other details.
  • Shabbat Morning Kiddush over Schnapps in a Plastic Shot Glass by R. Ari Zivotofsky – Very problematic
  • Bourbon Owned by a Jewish Company over Pesach by R. Dovid Cohen – This was a big discussion in 2010. I was at the AKO conference when it was discussed in a boisterous way. This article summarizes the issues and the opinions of different authorities (footnote 4 has a list of the authorities but the article does not say who holds what). See also R. Yaakov Ariel, Be-Ohalah Shel Torah vol. 5 no. 40.
  • The Halachic Status of Genetically Engineered Meat by R. Yehuda Spitz – Concludes that meat grown synthetically from a non-kosher animal’s cells are probably not kosher. Adds as a postscript that the meat uses calf blood as a growth medium, which should forbid the meat.
  • Brit Milah Issues: Historical Controversies and Contemporary Halachic Issues by R. Eliyahu Asher Prero – Details on various problematic practices that can render a circumcision incomplete and require a second procedure.
  • Letters – Brief discussion of how to understand the Chasam Sofer on whether the absence of the bigdei kehunah preclude the holy service.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, 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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