Audio Roundup 2022:35

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by Joel Rich

Could it be that interest and discussion of mashiach in Jewish sources was fueled by Christianity’s claim of his already having come?

From the RJJ Journal
I remember a discussion I had years ago with my Rosh Yeshiva, R Yitzchok Hutner, about a controversial policy statement made by one of the leading Torah figures of the time. It so happened that I didn’t quite agree with that position and I mentioned my reservations to R Hutner. R Hutner vehemently chastised me for my skepticism, telling me that I just didn’t understand and that I was incumbent upon me to show the proper respect for the gadol hador and I accepted his reproof. Six months later after the “dust had settled” on this issue, R Hutner called me into his office and brought up that topic again. To my great surprise he confided that he considered the objection I had raised six months earlier to be quite valid. I asked him why he had so sharply attacked my “chutzpah” in disagreeing with that Torah leader. His response taught me a great lesson: When a Torah leader is under attack, he needs and desires our backing and assistance. When others are criticizing him, we need to be supportive. But now, time has passed and the topic is off the table, there is less talk about it and we can discuss the issue on its merits. At this point, we can honestly assess what happened and consider whether, possibly, it could have been handled differently.
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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 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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