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 currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four 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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Killing With the Divine Name

by R. Gil Student In 1927, when Rav Ahron Soloveichik was 10 years old, he sent a letter to his older brother Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who at the time was studying in Berlin. The young Ahreleh wrote an impressive essay, which is recorded, along with the reactions of his father and brother, in Iggeros Ha-Grid Ha-Levi (pp. 272-275). I. ...

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Getting ready to mark 20 years of Hirhurim

On March 15, 2004, I posted for the first time to Hirhurim.blogspot.com. The website changed my life and created a community that continues to this day in various forms. In less than a month, we will begin marking the 20th anniversary of Hirhurim-Torah Musings. I plan to repost some classic blog posts from the old days over the coming months (suggestions ...

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The Kohen Soldier

by R. Gil Student Kohanim are the descendants of Aharon, the priests of our people. In past eras, a kohen had a special role in the nation. Even today, a kohen retains certain privileges and obligations, such as being called first to the Torah and not allowed to enter cemeteries. The question arose during World War I how far these ...

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How do you want your Purim to look?

Are you tired of the same old routine every Purim? Is it just about scrambling for costumes, hurriedly delivering mishloach manot, and overindulging in food and drink? What if this year, you could make your Purim truly special, meaningful, and different? This year, go deeper into the sugyas and halachos of purim with Virtual Halacha Program. Our digital platform provides ...

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