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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• Chief Israeli rabbi wants Jews to extend Shabbat to protest Eurovision finals timing https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/chief-israeli-rabbi-wants-jews-to-extend-shabbat-to-protest-eurovision-finals-timing • R H Jachter – Responding to a Misguided Museum Guide http://jewishlinknj.com/features/31328-responding-to-a-misguided-museum-guide • KT – The Talmud As My Prism https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/the-talmud-as-my-prism/

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• R M Soloveichik – The Bones of Brisk https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/the-bones-of-brisk/ • Ultra-Orthodox Jews vaccinate, too: Stop blaming one community for the measles outbreak https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-vaccination-is-not-an-ultra-orthodox-jewish-hangup-20190515-jppvzaabqfcm3cku2erlp7piry-story.html • Declining Religiosity Is a Problem for America. But It’s Not Inevitable » Mosaic https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2019/05/declining-religiosity-is-a-problem-for-america-but-its-not-inevitable • Documentary unravels history — and digital future — of mysterious Cairo Geniza | The Times of Israel https://www.timesofisrael.com/documentary-unravels-history-and-digital-future-of-mysterious-cairo-geniza/ • Declining ...

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Rav Itzeleh Volozhiner and the Bi’ur

Rav Itzeleh (Yitzchak) Volozhiner succeeded his father as rosh yeshiva of the premier yeshiva in Europe. A Torah scholar and famous orator, he also served as a leading representative of the Jews to the Russian Czar. Rav Itzeleh Volozhiner was royalty in the yeshiva world, the son of Rav Chaim Volozhiner with descendants that include the Netziv and the Soloveitchik ...

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• An Ashkenazi? – NYU chaplain to be first chief rabbi in the United Arab Emirates https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/nyu-chaplain-to-be-first-chief-rabbi-of-the-united-arab-emirates • Rabbis decry Eurovision Shabbat ‘desecration’ https://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbis-decry-eurovision-shabbat-desecration/ • Thirty-first Conference of European Rabbis Takes Place in Antwerp | Hamodia.com https://hamodia.com/2019/05/14/thirty-first-conference-european-rabbis-takes-place-antwerp/ • No Gefilte Here, But There’s Plenty Jewish At The First Academic Conference On Phish https://forward.com/culture/424316/no-gefilte-here-but-theres-plenty-jewish-at-the-first-academic-conference/ • R C Navon rethinks fundamental Religious ...

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• Save the planet, don’t cremate, says this Jewish cemetery https://www.jta.org/2019/05/13/lifestyle/save-the-planet-dont-cremate-says-this-jewish-cemetery • Parts of Manhattan, not the whole borough – A Fishing Line Encircles Manhattan, Protecting Sanctity of Sabbath https://www.npr.org/2019/05/13/721551785/a-fishing-line-encircles-manhattan-protecting-sanctity-of-sabbath • Who are the Jews of Ukraine? https://www.jta.org/2019/05/13/global/on-land-soaked-with-blood-of-their-ancestors-jews-in-ukraine-are-flourishing

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• Anti-Semitism in Teaneck over Life-Saving Organization https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/anti-semitism-in-teaneck-over-life-saving-organization/ • Inside Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community, battle pits leaders vs. anti-vaxxers in fight against measles https://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-md-anti-vaxx-fight-20190513-story.html • Oy vey – Single Orthodox Women In Israel Choose Motherhood — Thanks To IVF https://forward.com/life/family/424166/single-orthodox-women-in-israel-choose-motherhood-thanks-to-ivf/ • Pope urged by Jews to take care over ‘Pharisees’ talk http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263058 • Haredi MKs demand rabbis be consulted for ...

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Can A Woman Serve As Sandek?

by R. Gil Student The Rema, in his glosses to Shulchan Arukh (Yoreh De’ah 265:11), writes that a woman may not serve as sandek if a man is available for reasons of modesty (“peritzus”). This ruling – which has come under question recently by some in the Jewish community – is related to a larger discussion of the role of women in circumcising boys. I. ...

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• What a rabbi’s request might say about fighting vaccine hesitancy https://www.statnews.com/2019/05/10/measles-rabbi-combating-vaccine-hesitancy/ • J Frager – Parshat Kedoshim and the Shidduch Crisis http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/212223 • A bit of Christian theology, not for everyone – Theology Matters | Yitzchok Adlerstein and Gerald McDermott | First Things https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/05/theology-matters

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