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.

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• S Brody – Does Halacha approve of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising? https://www.jpost.com/Israeli-Life-In-Docs/Does-Halacha-approve-of-the-Warsaw-Ghetto-Uprising-607967 • Photo Contest for Singles – OU Center for Communal Research https://research.ou.org/photo-contest/ • The failed messiah in the wake of the Spanish exile – A Doomed Proposal for a Joint Jewish-Christian Crusade: Three Divergent Views of Solomon Molcho http://jewishlinknj.com/features/34362-a-doomed-proposal-for-a-joint-jewish-christian-crusade-three-divergent-views-of-solomon-molcho • The culture war over Jewish values http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24711

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Umbrellas on Shabbos

by R. Gil Student I. Umbrellas and Precedents The status of new technologies are often determined by the first major authorities to rule. Practices harden quickly and institutional positions, once set, change only with difficulty. This conservative tendency preserves socio-religious boundaries but also favors early movers. The use of umbrellas on Shabbos, universally forbidden in the Orthodox Jewish community, is ...

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• Y Goldberg – Wearing Many Hats: The Balancing Act of Today’s Rebbetzin https://rabbiefremgoldberg.org/read-posts/wearing-many-hats-the-balancing-act-of-todays-rebbetzin/ • It’s a mistake to prohibit that which is permissible, especially in this land of plenty. As someone who is normally shy and quiet, I see that a little alcohol generates conversation and friendship. Additionally, we have to teach kids moderation and they might listen. Teach ...

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• I think we should be honored that such clearly non-Orthodox thinkers want to be associated with us. Just make sure they don’t touch any non-mevushal wine – TheTorah.com: It Is Most Certainly Not “Orthodox Jews Challenging Commonly Held Beliefs About the Torah” https://cross-currents.com/2019/11/12/thetorah-com-it-is-most-certainly-not-orthodox-jews-challenging-commonly-held-beliefs-about-the-torah/ • Leading Jewish publisher celebrates completion of innovative edition of Talmud https://religionnews.com/2019/11/12/leading-jewish-publisher-celebrates-completion-of-innovative-edition-of-talmud/ • Rabbinical court retroactively ...

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• This article is so strange to me. I do not want to be friends with people who have to ask why a Jew would move to Israel – Struggling To Explain My Aliyah Move To Friends https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/moving-toward-higher-ground/ • A Christian book from a lawyer at the Becket Fund – A Report from the Religious Liberty Front Lines https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/november-web-only/free-believe-luke-goodrich-religious-freedom.html • ...

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• Tradition symposium on Rupture and Reconstruction – Fall 2019 Issue Arrives https://traditiononline.org/fall-2019-issue-arrives/ • Very important article about the limitations of archeological consensus – A chance discovery changes everything we know about biblical Israel https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-a-chance-discovery-changes-everything-we-know-about-biblical-israel-1.8003920 • W Goldstein – Shabbat: Reclaiming Jewish identity from anti-Semitism https://www.jns.org/opinion/shabbat-reclaiming-jewish-identity-from-anti-semitism/ • M Krakowski – Hassidic Communities Are Built On Charity – Thanks To Their ...

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Before Reb Zusia

by R. Gil Student I. Being Measured Against Others Over a decade ago, I challenged the eighteenth century Chasidic scholar Reb Zusia of Hanipol‘s famous last words. On his deathbed, he said that he wasn’t worried that the heavenly court would ask why he wasn’t like Moshe, because he could answer that he lacked Moshe’s abilities. But he was worried ...

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• 120,000 Books Going Online for First Time as Part of Historic National Library of Israel – Google Collaboration | National Library of Israel https://beta.nli.org.il/en/content/nli-google-books • DC museum unveils rare 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible https://www.timesofisrael.com/dc-museum-unveils-rare-1000-year-old-hebrew-bible/ • J Knapp – Dreaming of Emunah http://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/34210-dreaming-of-emunah • The yetzer hara is calling – A new program pays Orthodox synagogues to hire women as spiritual ...

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• Unprecedented front page editorial by Jewish Chronicle directed to gentiles considering voting for Labour – To All Our Fellow British Citizens https://www.thejc.com/comment/leaders/to-all-our-fellow-british-citizens-1.491812 • This rule was significant and its dismissal is a blow to religious liberty – Judge Scraps ‘Conscience’ Rule Protecting Doctors Who Deny Care For Religious Reasons https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/11/06/776765601/judge-scraps-conscience-rule-protecting-doctors-who-deny-care-for-religious-reas • Haredi medical charity raises NIS 1m. after concert ...

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