Audio Roundup 2019:6

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by Joel Rich

“D Shatz- R’JBS and Western Culture”
Worth it to read even just for this quote “We will see amply that, with Soloveitchik, nothing is straightforward”

Think about it-He also advises pointing out to the father and son conversion may not be the wisest choice, depending on what will happen after. For the boy to convert and become an observant Jew would be a positive; a conversion to assuage the father’s guilty conscience and give the boy access to synagogue rituals like standing at the Torah for an aliyah ignores the downsides of such a conversion, that the boy will be setting himself up for Divine blame and punishment.
Until this point, the non-kosher food the boy ate, the violations of Shabbat he committed, and all his other nonobservances of Judaism brought no opprobrium upon him, since he was not Jewish. Once the boy converts, each action of sin is just that, a punishable crime before God.

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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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