Author Archives: Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor 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, 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 has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as 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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Wishing everyone a kesivah va-chasimah tovah for a blessed year • Prof S Fine – How Yeshiva University tries to balance ‘yeshiva’ and ‘university’ • I’ve always been a fan – How the Miami Boys Choir turned ‘Orthodox pop’ into a TikTok sensation • Shomer pesa’im Hashem – Defying Ukraine’s wartime warnings, thousands of Hasidic pilgrims have made it to Uman ...

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Returning To The Rav’s Teshuvah Lectures

by R. Gil Student Book review of: Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Days of Awe (Expanded Edition) Edited by Dr. Arnold Lustiger OU Press, 205 pages Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (henceforth, the Rav) spoke in a majestic manner that captivated listeners for hours at a time. He dissected complicated halachic subjects in an exciting and ...

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• M Helfand – Can the state tell yeshivas what they can teach? Here’s what the courts may decide • New security measures for Orthodox synagogues will alert them to threats, even on Shabbat • Shomer pesa’im Hashem – Defying Ukraine’s wartime warnings, thousands of Hasidic pilgrims have made it to Uman for Rosh Hashanah • Confirmed as fake – Toe-gate 2022 ...

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• M Hauer – Lehagdil Torah Uleha’adirah: Making the Torah Great, Glorious and Accessible • M Bane – Are We Aspiring For A More Religious Tomorrow? • YU Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur To-Go • For the sin we have sinned by making people feel unwelcome at synagogues

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• R Eis – The Dangers of Liberalism and Why YU Should Change Its Charter • C Friedman – LGBTQ Club at Yeshiva University: An Analysis of Both Sides • New York yeshiva asks transgender teacher to leave amid uproar over her identity • What Christian Colleges Can Glean from the Supreme Court’s ‘Yeshiva’ Case

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• YU continues to make a Kiddush Hashem by standing up for its principles – Yeshiva University suspends campus clubs after Supreme Court denies bid to block LGBTQ+ group • Must-read article by M Krakowski – The Jews of the Jews • The New York Times’s botched attack on Jewish schools • The Not-So-Mysterious Logic of the Shiddukh System

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Three Brief Reviews

In the Fall 2022 issue of Jewish Action, I review the following three books: Judaism of the Poskim: Responsa and the Nature of Orthodox Judaism by R. Gidon Rothstein Authentically Orthodox: A Tradition-Bound Faith in American Life by R. Zev Eleff Make Your Berachos Meaningful: A Deeper Understanding of the Opening Words of All Our Berachos by R. Mechel Handler Judaism of the Poskim: ...

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• R M Hauer – Hasidic Schools: Who Gets To Define Success? • A Message from Rabbi Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University • N Lewin – New York’s haredi kids can get better secular classes without government threats • Defying ministry, rabbis tell school to put transgender boy in female-only class • Good for the federation. Yeshiva affordability is among the highest ...

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Ki Savo: Erasing Shem Hashem on a Screen

by R. Gil Student Link to the audio Every new technology brings with it overheated hype. Again and again, marketers trying to sell us products and ideas claim this is the dawn of a new era. Sometimes they are correct, such as with the smartphone which has really changed the way we function. But usually — the vast majority of ...

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