Author Archives: 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 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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• Regulating Private Schools https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/opinion/letters/yeshivas-private-schools-new-york-state.html • Will Trump’s justice department protect Sabbath observers? | Nathan Lewin https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/will-trumps-justice-department-protect-sabbath-observers/ • A Day of Rest May Get a Day in Court https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-day-of-rest-may-get-a-day-in-court-11553209509 • Who will win the battle over sex education? https://www.thejc.com/comment/analysis/who-will-win-the-battle-over-sex-education-1.482009 • Cal State System Caves on Anti-Semitism Lawsuit https://californiaglobe.com/legal/cal-state-system-caves-on-anti-semitism-lawsuit/ • A New Discovery May Solve a Mystery about Israel in the ...

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• Reform and Conservative leaders – Two Jewish leaders share “Thoughts on the Jewish Future” http://jhvonline.com/two-jewish-leaders-share-thoughts-on-the-jewish-future-p25744-220.htm • In Mallorca, Purim was once the most important day for its persecuted Jewry https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-mallorca-purim-was-once-the-most-important-day-for-its-persecuted-jewry/ • I’m suing Ikea over this sexist catalog https://www.jta.org/2019/03/21/opinion/im-suing-ikea-over-its-sexist-catalog

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• Rabbis express concern about excesses of Purim celebrations https://religionnews.com/2019/03/19/rabbis-express-concern-about-excesses-of-purim-celebrations/ • “Poor families tend to be stable, happy,” he said. “The only thing that makes them poor is their tuition bills.” – We Need To Talk About Jewish Poverty https://forward.com/culture/421071/why-we-dont-talk-about-jewish-poverty-and-why-we-should/ • Here’s why rabbis can keep their housing expenses tax free https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/why-rabbis-can-keep-their-housing-expenses-tax-free • Separate section – Orthodox-run cemetery OKs area ...

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• Re books on Shabbos by Heschel and Joseph Lieberman – “Heaven and Everything Else” | Shalom Carmy https://www.firstthings.com/article/2019/04/heaven-and-everything-else • Halachic Prenup Growing In Popularity According To New Beth Din Of America Study http://www.5tjt.com/halachic-prenup-growing-in-popularity-according-to-new-beth-din-of-america-study/ • Who owns America’s oldest synagogue? Not our problem, says the Supreme Court. https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/supreme-court-will-not-hear-case-over-touro-synagogue-and-its-silver-torah-ornaments • Were Ancient Rabbis as Focused on Bible Interpretation as We Think ...

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• Women, do something – To Drink or to Be Drunk – That is No Question https://www.ou.org/life/parenting/to-drink-or-to-be-drunk-that-is-no-question/ • More Than 700 Day School Students, Parents & Administrators Rally State Leaders for Increased STEM Funding for Nonpublic Schools https://teachcoalition.org/nys/more-than-700-day-school-students-parents-administrators-rally-state-leaders-for-increased-stem-funding-for-nonpublic-schools/ • Winepress, Mosaic Floor from Talmudic Period Discovered in Korazim National Park https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/winepress-mosaic-floor-from-talmudic-period-discovered-in-korazim-national-park/2019/03/18/ • Interesting comparison of Rav Kook’s Zionism with Rav ...

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• First survey of Canadian Jewry shows lower assimilation, intermarriage than US https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-survey-of-canadian-jewry-shows-lower-assimilation-intermarriage-than-us/ • Gallup: 52% of Jews identify as Democrats, 16% as Republicans https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/half-of-american-jews-identified-as-democrat-in-2018 • Jewish Studies Rethought: Yeshiva College Announces Significant Reduction in Required Courses https://yucommentator.org/2019/03/jewish-studies-rethought-yeshiva-college-announces-significant-reduction-required-courses/ • Y Schonfeld – Did 22 Rabbis Handcuff Orthodoxy? https://www.queensjewishlink.com/opinion/message-from-r-schonfeld-r-yoel-schonfeld/did-22-rabbis-handcuff-orthodoxy/ • I’m not sure what to make of this. I think it ...

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• R L Rothwachs – Purim, Alcohol, and the Messages We Send https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/purim-alcohol-and-the-messages-we-send/ • R Y Ariel – ‘Judaism is not determined by DNA’ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/260197 • CJV rabbis thank anti-Israel group http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/260217 • History of the NLI – The books that bind https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-books-that-bind/ • OU Women’s Leadership Summit 2019 https://www.ou.org/women/summit-2019/

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• Rabbi Yaakov Ariel: ‘Whoever rejects Jewish extremists supports terrorism’ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/260036 • Only Seven Styles of UGGs Must Be Checked for Shatnez http://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/29997-only-seven-styles-of-uggs-must-be-checked-for-shatnez • Chief Rabbinate admits using DNA tests to help determine Jewish status https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Chief-Rabbinate-admits-using-DNA-tests-for-Jewish-status-determination-582605 • Ex-chief rabbi Yona Metzger leaves prison after serving 22 months for corruption https://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-chief-rabbi-yona-metzger-leaves-prison-after-serving-22-months-for-corruption/

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