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: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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• Rabbinical Alliance of America Calls for More Freedom in Response to Airbnb’s Boycott of Jews in Parts of Israel https://rabbinicalalliance.org/2018/11/20/rabbinical-alliance-of-america-calls-for-more-freedom-in-response-to-airbnbs-boycott-of-jews-in-parts-of-israel/ • Airbnb to remove Judea and Samaria listings http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/254948 • There Is No Such Thing as a “Messianic Jew” https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/11/there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-messianic-jew/ • Why Thankfulness And Gratitude Are Jewish Emotions https://forward.com/culture/books/414468/why-thankfulness-and-gratitude-are-jewish-emotions/

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• The Know-Nothing Excommunicators – Commentary https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/know-nothing-excommunicators/ • 10% seems very low – Israel Grapples With Helping Ultra-Orthodox Who Go ‘Off the Path’ https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/274033/finding-a-new-path • The Future of American Jewry is Orthodox https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/11/the_future_of_american_jewry_is_orthodox.html • Fake Orthodox Jews Against Trump https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/271859/fake-orthodox-jews-against-trump-daniel-greenfield • L Schiffman – Buyer Beware! How Forged Dead Sea Scrolls Were Exposed by High-Tech Tests http://lawrenceschiffman.com/buyer-beware-how-forged-dead-sea-scrolls-were-exposed-by-high-tech-tests/ • The kosher-industrial ...

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• R S Karlinsky – Don’t Be So Quick To Dismiss Critical Thinking and An Orderly Environment https://cross-currents.com/2018/11/15/dont-be-so-quick-to-dismiss-critical-thinking-and-an-orderly-environment/ • R M Rocklin and H Slugh – The ADL Is Wrong: Solidarity Is Not Bigotry http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-adl-is-wrong-solidarity-is-not-bigotry/2018/11/16/ • An important article by R J Grajower – Reflections on shiva https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/reflections-on-shiva/ • Palestinian shunned for selling land to Jews to be buried in ...

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• The Accidental Fire That Destroyed Jewish Thessaloniki https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/11/the-accidental-fire-that-destroyed-jewish-thessaloniki/ • Wife of the First Modern Orthodox Jewish Candidate for Congress in New Jersey https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/wife-of-the-first-modern-orthodox-jewish-candidate-for-congress-in-new-jersey/ • Statement on Vaccinations from the OU and Rabbinical Council of America – Orthodox Union https://www.ou.org/news/statement-vaccinations-ou-rabbinical-council-america/ • Animal Rights Group Can’t Compel NYC to Stop Chicken-Slaughtering Ritual, High Court Rules | New York Law Journal https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/11/14/animal-rights-group-cant-compel-nyc-to-stop-chicken-slaughtering-ritual-during-yom-kippur-high-court-rules/ ...

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Tikkun Olam’s Problems

by R. Gil Student When I first began reading Jonathan Neumann’s To Heal The World? How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel, I enthusiastically endorsed it on Facebook. To my surprise, that post was excerpted as a PR blurb for the book. Since then, many thoughtful reviewers have written about the book, forcing me to rethink my original ...

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Old City cable car project expected to ‘change the face of Jerusalem’ https://www.jns.org/in-the-works-jerusalem-cable-car-to-transport-throngs-of-tourists-to-old-city/ House to Vote on Awarding Medal to Late Rabbi Who Saved Slovakian Jews During Shoah https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/11/13/house-to-vote-on-awarding-medal-to-late-rabbi-who-saved-slovakian-jews-during-shoah/

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Responding to Tragedies and Connecting With Klal Yisrael – The Commentator R M Rosensweig – Responding to Tragedies and Connecting With Klal Yisrael – The Commentator The dramatic new finds at Tel Beit Shemesh J Berman – The dramatic new finds at Tel Beit Shemesh But What of Yirat Shamayim? A Response to Rethinking Traditional Talmud Study – The Commentator ...

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Texts: The Shabbos Project

by R. Gil Student This is the first of a new occasional series in which I post interesting texts with a brief introduction. These texts will not be representative of a balanced view but merely interesting statements or views for your files. Consider it a pictorial footnote. This is less formal than the usual Torah Musings material, a bit bloggy. ...

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Angels and Afterlife

by R. Gil Student I. Angels and Visions The Torah speaks explicitly about angels but gives little detail about these supernatural creatures. A debate about these biblical narratives reflects not only different understandings about the nature of angels but also about other crucial concepts. According to Jewish tradition, Avraham is visited by three angels (Gen. 18:1). Rambam (Moreh Nevukhim 2:42; ...

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