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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• In the face of coronavirus, our homes must become shuls and yeshivas https://forward.com/opinion/442783/in-the-face-of-coronavirus-our-homes-must-become-shuls-and-yeshivas/ • Halachic guides, minyanim and kaddish info, humor and more https://www.kolcorona.com • New York City funeral homes coping with dramatic rise in coronavirus deaths https://www.amny.com/brooklyn/new-york-city-funeral-homes-coping-with-dramatic-rise-in-coronavirus-deaths/ • Idol Worship Isn’t a Relic of the Past https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/religion-holidays/2020/03/idol-worship-isnt-a-relic-of-the-past/ • Rabbi Wounded In New York Synagogue Attack During Chanukah Dies ...

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• Bound to be misused and abused, even if correct (beyond my level to decide) – Halakhic ruling: ‘Zoom’ software can be used during Seder – Jewish World http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277764 • The Heter for Zoom at the Seder is Incorrect and Should be Retracted https://vosizneias.com/2020/03/24/the-heter-for-zoom-at-the-seder-is-incorrect-and-should-be-retracted/ • World’s largest prayer service against coronavirus to be livestreamed https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Worlds-largest-prayer-service-against-coronavirus-to-be-livestreamed-622280 • Infectious disease specialists fill ...

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• Plenty of kosher for Passover food available, Orthodox Union certification agency says https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/plenty-of-kosher-for-passover-food-available-orthodox-union-kosher-certifier-says • The Zionist Congress election and the truth about American Jewry https://www.jns.org/opinion/the-zionist-congress-election-and-the-truth-about-american-jewry/ • Orthodox Jewish leaders unite against the coronavirus https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/orthodox-jewish-leaders-unite-coronavirus-69716297 • Orthodox lists, backers of Israeli settlement funding, surge in World Zionist Congress elections amid record US turnout https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/orthodox-lists-backers-of-israeli-settlement-funding-surge-in-world-zionist-congress-elections-amid-record-us-turnout • Shift in power in WZO ...

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• WZC election results https://azm.org/elections/results • The Bialystoker Synagogue–Rabbi Zvi Romm’s Haggadah http://bialystoker.org/haggadah.htm • 6 major Orthodox groups issue collective call for observance of social distancing rules – Jewish Telegraphic Agency https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/6-major-orthodox-groups-issue-collective-call-for-observance-of-social-distancing-rules • As virus hits tight-knit Haredi communities, rabbis among first to fall ill https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-virus-hits-tight-knit-haredi-communities-rabbis-among-first-to-fall-ill/ • Saying Kaddish from balconies and fasting: The Haredi response to coronavirus https://www.timesofisrael.com/saying-kaddish-from-balconies-and-fasting-the-haredi-response-to-coronavirus/ • ...

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Three Brief Reviews

by R. Gil Student From Jewish Action (Summer 2020): Widen Your Tent: Thoughts on Life, Integrity & Joy by R. Micha Berger Rabbi Shimon Shkop was one of the great roshei yeshivah of Europe. A student of Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, he had a brilliant mind and clarity of expression that left a lasting impression in yeshivah study halls. When Reb Shimon’s yeshivah was forced to close ...

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Too many articles, all saying the same thing: • Shuls and schools have shut down, some taking a few days longer than others • People are infected. More to come. Nobody knows when this will end. • Stay home, don’t congregate, engage in social distancing, wash your hands • Lots of Torah classes online. Check with your schools and shuls ...

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• PODCAST: R. Hershel Schachter on Hilkhot Covid-19 https://traditiononline.org/hershel-schachter-on-hilkhot-covid-19/ • Jewish Mourning Rituals Up-ended By Coronavirus https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/mourning-rituals-are-up-ended-by-life-saving-practices/ • Services suspended at all 120 shuls under chief rabbi’s auspices https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/united-synagogue-suspends-all-services-due-to-coronavirus/ • Religious Parents Are Remarkably Similar, Even When They Belong to Different Religions https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/march/christian-smith-religious-parenting-transmit-faith-values.html

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• ‘We Are at a Tipping Point’: An Interview with Rabbi Dr. Aaron E. Glatt https://hamodia.com/2020/03/15/tipping-point-interview-rabbi-dr-aaron-e-glatt/ • Spring 2020 – Jewish Action https://jewishaction.com/current-issue/ • Haredi Orthodox yeshivas remain open in Israel, gathering in classes of 10 students https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/haredi-orthodox-yeshivas-remain-open-in-israel-gathering-in-classes-of-10-students

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