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, 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 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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• B Blech – Survivor’s Guilt: Covid, The Holocaust, and Sinai https://www.aish.com/h/sh/t/Survivors-Guilt-Covid-The-Holocaust-and-Sinai.html • A Holzer – Akdamut: An Alphabet of Eleventh-Century Ashkenaz https://traditiononline.org/akdamut-an-alphabet-of-eleventh-century-ashkenaz-2/ • S Zuckier – The Pandemic Theology Dilemma: Preserve Normalcy or Embrace Crisis? https://www.thelehrhaus.com/commentary/the-pandemic-theology-dilemma-preserve-normalcy-or-embrace-crisis/ • Rare Color Photos of Jerusalem during the Siege in 1948 https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/05/rare-color-photos-of-jerusalem-during-the-siege-in-1948/  

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• N Diament – America’s Jewish communities are under attack — Here are 3 things Congress can do https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/552066-americas-jewish-communities-are-under-attack-here-are-3 • Y Adlerstein – From Yom Yerushalayim to Meron https://cross-currents.com/2021/05/10/from-yom-yerushalayim-to-meron/ • A Christian discusses the various studies on the effectiveness of prayer – How Much Does Prayer Weigh? https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/may-web-only/prayer-science-psychology-research-methodology.html  

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Marrying Against Parents’ Wishes

by R. Gil Student A child‘s obligation to honor his parents necessarily infringes on that child’s freedom. If you always want to obey your parents, the mitzvah does not add much. Choosing a spouse is one of the most important decisions of a person’s life. On the one hand, parental input is never needed more than in such life-altering decisions. ...

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• D Fischer – To Be A Rav – With Principles https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/to-be-a-rav-with-principles/2021/05/06/ • A Gordimer – Israeli Modern Orthodoxy and Female Clergy – Crossing the Line https://cross-currents.com/2021/05/06/israeli-modern-orthodoxy-and-female-clergy-crossing-the-line/ • H Abramson – The Jewish Role in Medieval Commerce and Finance https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/05/the-jewish-role-in-medieval-commerce-and-finance/ • Decrying ‘social justice ideology,’ 49 people sign ‘Jewish Harper’s letter’ https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/decrying-social-justice-ideology-49-people-sign-jewish-harpers-letter • Wealthy corporations back Equality Act stripped of religious freedom protections https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247520/wealthy-corporations-back-equality-act-stripped-of-religious-freedom-protections

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• Orthodox Jewish Groups Come Together for Nat’l Mental Health Awareness Month https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/05/orthodox-jewish-groups-come-together-for-natl-mental-health-awareness-month/ • New York courts prove that woke politics endangers Jews https://www.jns.org/opinion/new-york-courts-prove-that-woke-politics-endangers-jews/ • I can’t speak to the legal issues but from a moral perspective, if those are the extent of the complaints against YU then they are very limited in scope – ‘Second class citizens’: LGBTQ students allege culture ...

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• Resources on the Lag B’Omer Meron Tragedy http://nleresources.com/2021/05/resources-on-the-lag-bomer-meron-tragedy/ • R S Brody – Reclaiming Biblical Social Justice https://sapirjournal.org/social-justice/2021/05/reclaiming-biblical-social-justice/ • A lawyer who is also an ordained rabbi – Judicial Ethics Opinion 20-209 | New York Law Journal https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2021/05/04/judicial-ethics-opinion-20-209/ • I didn’t go to shul for a long time but strictly kept to a standard prayer and learning schedule – What ...

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• R A Shafran – Hasidim, yeshivas and the truth https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-hasidim-yeshivas-and-the-truth-20210502-pyuxngn3hje23cnfejapdtwmfa-story.html • L Schiffman – Judean Desert Texts: What is their significance? https://m.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/judean-desert-texts-what-is-their-significance-665733 • Jewish Studies — A Talmid’s Testimonial https://yucommentator.org/2021/05/jewish-studies-a-talmids-testimonial/ • America’s Only Ballpark Synagogue https://www.newyorker.com/sports/sporting-scene/americas-only-ballpark-synagogue  

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Shavuos Early Shacharis

by R. Gil Student I. Learning Torah All Night It is common practice today for men to stay up all night learning Torah the first night of Shavuos. It is not clear to me when this custom originated but it began spreading broadly in the 16th century and became standard practice in the 17th century. Rav Avraham Gombiner (17th cen., ...

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• Y Hoffman – Understanding the Alter of Slabodka’s Concept of “the Greatness of Man” http://www.5tjt.com/understanding-the-alter-of-slabodkas-concept-of-the-greatness-of-man/ • Rabbi Elliot Schrier Named Mara D’Atra of Bnai Yeshurun https://jewishlink.news//community-news/bergen/43579-rabbi-elliot-schrier-named-mara-d-atra-of-bnai-yeshurun • Rabbi Chaim Strauchler To Take the Helm at Rinat https://jewishlink.news//community-news/bergen/43580-rabbi-chaim-strauchler-to-take-the-helm-at-rinat  

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• A ‘big Jewish tent’ is incompatible with cancel culture https://www.jns.org/opinion/a-big-jewish-tent-is-incompatible-with-cancel-culture/ • No, no, no. Learn from Chabad and make it cheap and convenient https://www.jns.org/opinion/the-crisis-and-opportunity-in-jewish-early-childhood-education/ • From the article: “The Masorti Movement in Israel also welcomed the news…” In Israeli first, woman chosen as sole spiritual leader of Orthodox community https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-israeli-first-woman-chosen-as-sole-spiritual-leader-of-orthodox-community/ • In Spain, an Archeologist Discovers Trace of King Solomon’s Commercial ...

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