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What’s a Few Billion between Friends? The Fuzzy Numbers on 529s for K-12 Tuition – Education Next
What’s a Few Billion between Friends? The Fuzzy Numbers on 529s for K-12 Tuition

The “shul” I won’t attend
The "shul" I won't  attend

An Aura of Respectability?
N Slifkin – An Aura of Respectability?

Manhattan Shul, Oldest In New York In Original Location, Celebrates 160th Anniversary • Queens Jewish Link
Manhattan Shul, Oldest In New York In Original Location, Celebrates 160th Anniversary

Israeli defense minister bans army’s chief rabbi from military ceremonies | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Israeli defense minister bans army’s chief rabbi from military ceremonies

The Year Science Took Over the Pro-Life Movement
The Year Science Took Over the Pro-Life Movement

Jewish men need to talk about #MeToo | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
He lost me when he referred to “all genders” rather than “both genders” – Jewish men need to talk about #MeToo

Reframing the Debate Over Women’s Religious Leadership
A Klapper – Reframing the Debate Over Women's Religious Leadership

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 of New Jersey, 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 recently served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

One comment

  1. Science can’t really say much about Pro-Life or the definition of death.

    Biology could help us determine what various physical states exist. But grouping those states into categories for assigning moral import…. That jumps Hume’s line from Is to Ought. There is no scientific way to decide which set of states should be be given the moral value of alive, and which should be categorized as ingredient(s) for future life, or as dead.

    Less abstractly, science can help us know more about what’s going on in a fetus in various stages of development. But if can’t tell us whether having mental activity in the womb is reason to give that fetus the rights of a living person. Or: give us the responsibilities toward him as a living person.

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