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.

Daily Reyd

• The Supreme Court Inches Toward Religious Freedom https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/politics-current-affairs/2020/09/the-supreme-court-inches-toward-religious-freedom/ • She won $18,000, and still prefers Bible study https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/216314 • NYC health department warns of ‘significant concern’ about COVID-19 rise in largely Orthodox neighborhoods https://www.jta.org/2020/09/22/united-states/nyc-health-department-warns-of-significant-concern-about-covid-19-rise-in-largely-orthodox-neighborhoods  

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• Charedi schools group welcomes Ofsted policy on LGBT https://www.thejc.com/education/education-news/charedi-schools-group-welcomes-ofsted-policy-on-lgbt-1.506819 • Chief rabbi: Awareness of domestic violence necessary in our community https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/chief-rabbi-awareness-of-domestic-violence-necessary-in-our-community-643065 • Rav Soloveitchik 1979 Teshuva Drasha: The Yom Kippur Avoda Recitation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzIy62HigCU&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=OhrPublishing  

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Is The Akedah Ethical?

by R. Gil Student It seems that every few years, someone argues that the message of the Akedah, the binding and near-sacrifice of Yitzchak (Gen. 22), is something other than that we should follow God’s commands no matter how hard they may be. I don’t want to speculate why people offer these suggestions and instead take them at face value. ...

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Daily Reyd

• Y Adlerstein – When Global Religion Declines, We Celebrate the King https://cross-currents.com/2020/09/18/when-global-religion-declines-we-celebrate-the-king/ • S Pruzansky – Año de la Corona https://rabbipruzansky.com/2020/09/18/ano-de-la-corona/ • Imagine that, they think God has a role in the big things that happen in this world – One-third of Netanyahu’s voters believe COVID-19 was sent by God https://www.jta.org/2020/09/17/israel/one-third-of-netanyahus-voters-believe-covid-19-was-sent-by-god  

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Daily Reyd

• I’m an Orthodox rabbi who takes COVID-19 very seriously. Here’s why my congregation is praying in person during the High Holidays. https://www.jta.org/2020/09/16/opinion/im-an-orthodox-rabbi-who-takes-covid-19-very-seriously-heres-why-my-congregation-is-praying-in-person-during-the-high-holidays • Why Are There So Many “Manels” in Modern Orthodoxy? https://thelehrhaus.com/commentary/why-are-there-so-many-manels-in-modern-orthodoxy/ • Response to “Manels” in Modern Orthodoxy https://thelehrhaus.com/commentary/response-to-manels-in-modern-orthodoxy/ • I find this fascinating because the author speaks in terms of values that have become accepted in many parts of the Orthodox community ...

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Books Received

Religious Liberty and Education: A Case Study of Yeshivas vs. New York by eds. Jason Bedrick, Jay P. Greene, Matthew H. Lee (Rowman & Littlefield) Milayim Ziv by Zivi Mendelsohn

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Daily Reyd

• Kosher Crisis Hits $19 Billion Market With Rabbis Stuck At Home https://www.bloombergquint.com/businessweek/kosher-during-coronavirus-rabbis-inspect-chinese-food-plants-virtually • Town settles lawsuit over nixed Orthodox Jewish expansion https://www.startribune.com/town-settles-lawsuit-over-nixed-orthodox-jewish-expansion/572420872/ • Chief Rabbi: Covid-19 on the rise ‘primarily due to irresponsibility’ https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/chief-rabbi-covid-19-on-the-rise-primarily-due-to-irresponsibility-1.506676 • Rabbi Bender is a model of responsible leadership (read both letters). A few cases are inevitable. How you handle them and prevent them from spreading makes all the difference. – ...

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Books Received

Cornerstones: The Bible and Jewish Ideology by R. Hayyim Angel (Kodesh) The Gulf Region and Israel: Old Struggles, New Alliances by Sigurd Neubauer (Kodesh)

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Daily Reyd

• One stop shopping for responsa and halachic guidance regarding the High Holidays in the age of Covid https://www.kolcorona.com/halachot

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When Shabbos Is Shofar

by R. Gil Student This year, we do not blow shofar on the first day of Rosh Hashanah because it is Shabbos. To prevent people from carrying a shofar where there is no eruv — something very relevant this year when many people will be praying in homes and backyards — the entire Jewish people will refrain from blowing shofar ...

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