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• Data shows increase in ultra-Orthodox IDF enlistment https://www.jns.org/data-shows-increase-in-ultra-orthodox-idf-enlistment/

• R A Males – How a Hurricane Relief Mission Prepared Me for Chanukah http://www.aish.com/jw/s/How-a-Hurricane-Relief-Mission-Prepared-Me-for-Chanukah.html

• Study of American, Israeli Jews shows differences in Hanukkah observance https://www.jns.org/study-of-american-israeli-jews-shows-differences-in-hanukkah-observance/

• Newly discovered caves may hold more Dead Sea Scrolls https://www.timesofisrael.com/newly-discovered-caves-may-hold-more-dead-sea-scrolls/

• Now that it’s popular, let’s all say the same thing without taking any personal risks. Not picking on specific individuals but I’ve seen too many such articles about 20 years too late. Better late than never, I guess – There is no religious excuse for not vaccinating your kids https://www.jta.org/2018/11/29/news-opinion/no-religious-excuse-not-vaccinating-kids

• R E Finkelman is right. Rabbis who don’t speak about the most important issues are irrelevant – On the Other Hand: An Opposing View on Politics from the Pulpit https://www.thelehrhaus.com/timely-thoughts/on-the-other-hand-an-opposing-view-on-politics-from-the-pulpit/

• You know who finds this offensive? Assimilationists – The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/01/opinion/sunday/the-hypocrisy-of-hanukkah.html

• I agree but at least I have the self-awareness to recognize that this is mostly a subjective matter of comfort, the complaint of this aging man comparing to how things were done in my youth – When Did Weddings Get So Loud? https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/when-did-weddings-get-so-loud/

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 serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and 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 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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