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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• R A Shafran – A Supreme Court decision just exposed how liberal Jewish groups abandoned Jewish education https://forward.com/opinion/450065/a-supreme-court-decision-just-exposed-how-liberal-jewish-groups-abandoned/ • On Public Purposes of Private Schools https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2020/07/on-public-purposes-of-private-schools/ • Young Israel Condemns Anti-Semitism at Black Lives Matter March <a href=https://youngisrael.org/us-news/young-israel-condemns-anti-semitism-at-black-lives-matter-march/”>https://youngisrael.org/us-news/young-israel-condemns-anti-semitism-at-black-lives-matter-march/

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• Rav Mayer Twersky – Shomer Pesa’im Hashem (Hebrew) http://torahweb.org/torah/docs/rtwe_shomer.pdf • R Ziegler – Two Great Modern Rabbis on Suffering https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2020/07/two-great-modern-rabbis-on-suffering/ • A Lewin – The future of college: A Jewish townhall https://www.jns.org/opinion/the-future-of-college-a-jewish-townhall/ • Jewish Day Schools Adapt to COVID-19 https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/06/23/jewish-day-schools-adapt-to-covid-19/

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• On the single most important issue for the Orthodox community, Trump-appointed justices created a slim majority ruling against Blaine Ammendments forbidding government support of religious schools. No Jewish communal organizations outside the Orthodox community helped – Supreme Court: Exclusion of religious schools from Montana’s state scholarship program is unconstitutional https://www.jns.org/supreme-court-rules-montanas-exclusion-of-religious-schools-from-state-scholarship-program-as-unconstitutional/ • Joint effort begins to identify and catalogue every Hebrew book ...

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• M Helfand – Is Gov. Cuomo About to Be Overruled on Jewish Summer Camps? https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/cuomo-synagogues-summer-camps • The Ultra-Orthodox World’s Non-Zionist Zionist Revolution https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2020/06/the-ultra-orthodox-worlds-non-zionist-zionist-revolution/ • A Jew, a Lithuanian, a genius https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/06/24/a-jew-a-lithuanian-a-genius/ • Hot dogs are the greatest American Jewish food. Here’s why https://www.timesofisrael.com/hot-dogs-are-the-greatest-american-jewish-food-heres-why/

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• Federal judge blocks New York’s coronavirus attendance limits for religious services https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/federal-judge-blocks-new-yorks-coronavirus-attendance-limits-for-religious-services • D Prager – America’s Jews And Christians Are Failing The Test Of Their Lives https://www.dailywire.com/news/prager-americas-jews-and-christians-are-failing-the-test-of-their-lives

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Do I Have To Reply?

by R. Gil Student The days of carefully crafted letters are long gone. In this age of hyper-connectivity, people receive many emails, voicemails, WhatsApps, comments, notifications and more. Does courtesy require that we reply to every contact? In 19th century Turkey, Rav Chaim Palaggi wrote emphatically about the obligation to reply to letters. In his Tokhachas Chaim (Miketz), he says ...

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• R A Shafran – Should “Black Lives Matter” Matter? https://cross-currents.com/2020/06/25/should-black-lives-matter-matter/ • Civil Rights: The View From an Orthodox Yeshiva https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/belief/articles/civil-rights-view-from-orthodox-yeshiva • Allen Fagin, head of the Orthodox Union, reflects on how the pandemic has changed Orthodox life https://www.jta.org/2020/06/25/united-states/allen-fagin-head-of-the-orthodox-union-reflects-on-how-the-pandemic-has-changed-orthodox-life

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Torah Is The Air We Breathe

by R. Gil Student Throughout the pandemic, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has singled out the Jewish community for violating “stay-at-home” orders. Now, although Jews still face severe restrictions on religious gatherings after months without access to synagogues, he has permitted protesters to gather in the thousands and break social distancing guidelines. Why do political protests deserve special ...

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• M Helfand – With Talk of Sukkahs and Talmud Teachers, the Supreme Court Reconsiders a Fundamental First Amendment Principle https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/politics-current-affairs/2020/06/with-talk-of-sukkahs-and-talmud-teachers-the-supreme-court-reconsiders-a-fundamental-first-amendment-principle/ • Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Genius of the Late Norman Lamm https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/religion-holidays/2020/06/podcast-meir-soloveichik-on-the-genius-of-the-late-norman-lamm/ • Masa cuts funding to yeshivas, religious institutions due to COVID-19 https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/masa-cuts-funding-to-yeshivas-religious-institutions-due-to-covid-19-632679 • Farewell to the Pruzanskys http://jewishlinknj.com//community-news/bergen/38491-farewell-to-the-pruzanskys

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• How are we going to close (before it’s too late) if/when a second wave hits? – Ultra-Orthodox push for closure of synagogues for fear of 2nd virus wave https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BkK113L0aU • Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt: ‘Jewish communities cannot rely on import of kosher meat’ https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/282259 • Kontorovich: Israel Should Act Now https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/israel-zionism/2020/06/kontorovich-israel-should-act-now/

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