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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• Suddenly everyone is Yeshivish when it fits their politics? – Should Jews Pray for the Israeli Government? • S Pruzansky – Deep concerns about American Jewish leadership • Do not boycott potato kugel – Who Moved My Potato Kugel? • The Strange Religious Afterlife of “Groundhog Day”

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• Some sort of data on shidduchim – The Truth Behind the Numbers • R R Apple – Does Judaism have any list of banned books? • ‘The Temple Mount is ours,’ says Western Wall rabbi • Anything can sound sinister if you try hard enough, even trying to preserve minimal educational standards – Netanyahu ally wants to stop Diaspora donors from ...

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• Fiftieth Volume of Encyclopedia Talmudit Dedicated in Honor of Rav Schachter • YU Satmar Shabbaton: Lessons From My Shabbos in Kiryas Joel • Is lab-grown steak kosher? Religious leaders weigh the sensitive question • Rabbi Yoni Rosensweig looks to remove stigma of mental health, one ruling at a time

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Turning A Lower East Side Church Into A Synagogue

by R. Gil Student I. Buying a Church Judaism demands that its adherents separate from other religions, both physically and spiritually. Our study of other religions, and the attention to which we pay them, is highly limited by the verse, “Do not turn to the idols” (Lev. 19:4; Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Avodah Zarah 2:2). In general, we are taught to ...

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• M Helfand – A new case before the Supreme Court could make Shabbat observance easier • Transgender school scandal: School orders boys back to class alongside ‘trans-boy’ • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Columbia Professor Blasts YAFFED and NYSED for Using Fake Data to Attack Yeshivas – ‘Grossly Deceptive’

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• A Schick defending YU in Mishpacha – The Best of Times, the Worst of Times • Israel’s Rabbanut Joins In Call For Tefillos For Rain: “Each Eidah In Its Own Nusach” • Eyeing their community’s rightward shift, left-wing religious Jews form new movement • Minority of parents emphasize passing on their faith to children

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• Trying to fix the broken Shidduch system – Splitting Seas, Drying Tears • Orthodox rabbinic group slams lawsuit by ‘woke’ rabbis claiming abortion is a ‘Jewish value’ • Ultra-Orthodox media manager who markets IDF to observant Jewish teens

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• STUDY: Wearing Tefillin Can Protect Heart Health • R M Soloveichik on the Temple Mount – Moshe Dayan’s Tragic Blunder

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Redeeming a Captive Caught in the Legal System

by R. Gil Student I. Important Mitzvah In Jewish law and tradition, redeeming a captive (pidyon shevuyim) is the highest form of charity. The Talmud (Bava Basra 8a) refers to it with the unusual term of “great mitzvah” and Shulchan Arukh (Yoreh De’ah 252:1), the code of Jewish law, says that “there is no mitzvah as great as pidyon shevuyim.” ...

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