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 serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and 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.

Is 929 Kosher?

by R. Gil Student I’m told that some yeshiva graduates are learning 929 without fully understanding its background. I will make a few points here why this is not the daily Tanakh study program for the traditional Orthodox Jew, even if some traditional Orthodox teachers are involved for a variety of reasons. If you want to learn Tanakh daily, please ...

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• R S Zucker – Success in Jewish Education, Step by Step http://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/33256-success-in-jewish-education-step-by-step • California enacts ‘Mezuzah Bill’ following widespread support among lawmakers https://www.jns.org/california-enacts-mezuzah-bill-following-widespread-support-among-lawmakers/ • R J Abramowitz – Even the Devil Can Cite Scripture https://www.ou.org/life/inspiration/even-the-devil-can-cite-scripture/ • Small story from American Jewish history – The Day The Rabbi Cursed His Congregation https://forward.com/yiddish/431297/the-day-the-rabbi-cursed-his-congregation/ • Reform launches a political war in time ...

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• How should Jews treat each other? Jewish thinkers have come up with a plan. https://www.jta.org/2019/09/11/global/how-should-jews-treat-each-other-jewish-thinkers-have-come-up-with-a-plan • R S Brody – Were the Defenders of Masada Justified in Killing Themselves? https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2019/09/were-the-defenders-of-masada-justified-in-killing-themselves/ • R A Gordimer – On Halacha and LGBT – Responding to Dr. Aaron Koller https://cross-currents.com/2019/09/12/on-halacha-and-lgbt-responding-to-dr-aaron-koller/

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On Changing Judaism For LGBT

by R. Gil Student Anyone reading this probably knows someone gay. The explicit biblical prohibition against homosexual activity and the associated rabbinic prohibitions, including the rabbinic condemnation of gay marriage, are not abstract concepts. The heartbreak, alienation, depression and everything else that follows are the real repercussions felt by our friends and family. The theological challenge is not theoretical but ...

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• It might be time to start preparing eulogies for Modern Orthodoxy – On Halakha and LGBT https://yuobserver.org/2019/09/on-halakha-and-lgbt/ • Study: Teens Who Hold Off On Dating Have Better Social Skills, Less Depressed – Study Finds https://www.studyfinds.org/study-teens-who-hold-off-on-dating-have-better-social-skills-less-depressed/ • Damage already done – Reporter suspended for portraying rabbi as anti-secular extremist https://www.jns.org/fake-news-rocks-israeli-media-reverberates-in-pre-election-politics/ • A dark cloud hovers over religious freedom in Europe ...

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• New York State’s Dangerous War on Private Education https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/politics-current-affairs/2019/09/new-york-states-dangerous-war-on-private-education/ • Russia exhibit to showcase medieval Jewish life in Afghanistan https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-exhibit-to-showcase-medieval-jewish-life-in-afghanistan/ • Evidence of a Royal Steward to a Davidic King Found in Jerusalem https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/09/evidence-of-a-royal-steward-to-a-davidic-king-found-in-jerusalem/

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• From the Commie Archives: Rav Soloveitchik and the Student Zionist Organization – The Commentator https://yucommentator.org/2019/09/from-the-commie-archives-rav-soloveitchik-and-the-student-zionist-organization/ • Bad for those concerned with intermarriage, but how do you kick out non-Jewish students? – Non-Jewish College Students Find an Unexpected Home on Campus—at Hillel https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/182505/nonjews-in-hillel • However the Israel Government Chooses to Act, the Chief Rabbinate Is Losing Its Control over Marriage ...

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