Getting ready to mark 20 years of Hirhurim

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On March 15, 2004, I posted for the first time to The website changed my life and created a community that continues to this day in various forms. In less than a month, we will begin marking the 20th anniversary of Hirhurim-Torah Musings. I plan to repost some classic blog posts from the old days over the coming months (suggestions are welcome). Of course, most of the action was in the comments. I will also mark the anniversary through interviews I will be giving on various podcasts.

I put together a book with a history of Hirhurim-Torah Musings followed by a series of long essays exploring some of the hot topics we discussed and debated over the years. I am hoping that you can help sponsor the publication of this book, tentatively titled Points of Contention: Celebrating 20 Years of Controversy and Debate on the Hirhurim-Torah Musings Website.

My goal is to secure commitments to fund the publication so we can begin the publication process shortly and have the book in hand while it is still 2024. The target is $10,000 and any amount will help us reach it. Donations of $500 or more will have a dedication at the beginning of the book. I hope you will join me and have your name and dedication included in the official book of the Hirhurim blog.

Thank you for any help you can offer. Right now all I need is a commitment. I am partnering with a non-profit foundation so that all tax donations are tax deductible. You can reach me via email: link

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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