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. 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.

Birkat Kohanim in a Shiva House

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I was surprised to find, in a shiva minyan, an avel who did Birkat Kohanim. I didn’t know whether to tell him that I had never seen this before. Was it okay that he did so?  Answer: Generally, an avel is obligated in all the mitzvot, with a prominent exception being not wearing tefillin on ...

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Daily Reyd

• Supreme Court rejects school vaccination religious exemption case • M Helfand – Who gets to say what is kosher? A Long Island restaurant is caught in the crosshairs

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Daily Reyd

• Female Jewish leaders sue Haredi news site for blurring their faces • Rabbi Warren Goldstein: Switch to Four-Day Workweek • H Abramson – Jewish Chutzpah’s Ancient Precedent: Commoner Sues Toxic Boss 2600 Years Ago • Y Menken – Lessons from a Failed Rally

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Dreams, Social Media and Jewish Law

by R. Gil Student Dreams are a common part of daily life to which the Talmudic Sages attribute great importance. They see in dreams both danger and opportunity, and therefore created three ceremonies or opportunities to rid ourselves of bad omens in dreams. However, on a more careful look, we find conflicting thoughts about dreams in the Talmud and a ...

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• I doubt this is controversial – Stopping economic cyber attacks overrides Shabbat, rabbi rules • Rethinking the Jewish communal enterprise

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Behar: Third Aliyah

by R. Daniel Z. Feldman Commentary and insights into the third portion of Parashas Behar. If you cannot see anything below, click on this link. See here for past weeks: here

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• Long interview with R J Wieder who gives a fair and balanced picture – Talking about abortion • I sit in other people’s seats not infrequently and can’t remember ever being asked to move without it being done very nicely and being given another seat – Spiteful Synagogue Syndrome stories • This is a real Kiddush Hashem – Amar’e ...

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Behar

by R. Gil Student Link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) Maharam Schick on how we know the source of Shemitah, 2) Divrei Shaul on why we rest and the land rests, 3) Kesav Sofer on the punishment for lending with interest, 4) Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl on the impact of oppressive work, 5) Chazon Yechezkel on the double ...

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Daily Reyd

• Inflation hits kollel families hard – Mass Gathering of Lakewood Area Shul Representatives Held in Advance of BMG’s Historic “Adirei Hatorah” Event • Explosive: Health Ministry to Permit IVF to Agunot • Tzohar: Kashrut is about giving Jews chance to observe sacred laws

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Daily Reyd

• Y Menken – Jewish Progressives Are Dead Wrong About ‘Abortion Justice’ • Removing the stigma of mental health in the halachic world • Are Jews a Race Under U.S. Law? • Let’s hope they don’t all claim Israeli citizenship – Why are there millions of ‘Jews’ on Indian matchmaking websites? • What Is Antisemitism? Evangelicals Favor Different Definitions

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