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.

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• D Bashevkin – Why Sukkot Is the Holiday You Need Right Now • In praise of the Birnbaum Machzor – Why a High Holidays prayer book is still going strong after 70 years • Historic London Synagogue Fights to Stay Out of the Shadows • Ed Asner helped usher in the secular rabbi, making America warmer and a little more Jewish

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Tip Jar (with corrected link)

Last year, a number of readers reached out to me, offering financial support for Torah Musings. I am grateful for the offers and, more than that, the kind thoughts underlying them. In consultation with my editorial board, I created a simple way to donate any amount — small or large — for those who wish to do so. Let me ...

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• Hillel Halkin – Why Philologos decided to reveal his true identity • At least 150 sex abuse lawsuits filed against NY Jewish institutions under Child Victims Act • Great Synagogue of Vilna’s Ruins Unearthed • Kanievsky says go to police over sexual abuse incidents • His rhetoric is over the top but he has a point that if you ...

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• A Shabbat to remember with the prime minister • In Praise of the Soncino Talmud • Divorce refusers set wives free over exit ban to Uman

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The Halakhos of Shushing in Shul

by R. Gil Student I. Talking Destroys Shuls Talking in shul has been a problem since time immemorial. People who talk about idle matters during the prayer service not only show disrespect for the sanctity of the synagogue and the prayers, they disrupt the prayer experience of others. When there is talking, there is shushing — fellow congregants or synagogue ...

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• Stop spreading lies on social media about the attack – Open Letter from Yeshiva Toras Chaim to Our Community • High praise for Solly – Another year, another political lecture from the pulpit? • Winning over 3 kinds of your most difficult church members

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Ki Savo 5781

by Rabbi Gil Student link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) Rambam on who is a Jew, 2) Rav Eliyahu Mizrachi on the meaning of a blessing, 3) Pri Megadim on worshiping G-d without joy, 4) Ksav Sofer on when a minor sin is really the worst sin, 5) Rav Yitzchak Blaser on the lack of a steady ...

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• Top rabbi says unvaccinated teachers not welcome in Haredi schools • Yes, One Is Halachically Obligated To Get The Covid Vaccine • Rosh Hashanah: A time of renewal and unity

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• Anti-Discrimination Law Comes for Religious Colleges https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2021/08/anti-discrimination-law-comes-for-religious-colleges/ • I don’t approve of going onto the Temple Mount but this rule against Jewish prayer has always been outrageous  – In Shift, Israel Quietly Allows Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/world/middleeast/israel-temple-mount-prayer.html • Quotes R. Dr. Glatt as saying that it depends on you and the shul – Is it safe to attend Rosh Hashanah ...

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• Employers may ban religious symbols in the workplace, top EU court rules https://www.jta.org/2021/08/20/global/employers-may-ban-religious-symbols-in-the-workplace-top-eu-court-rules • What the Future Holds for Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Conversation https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/religion-holidays/2021/08/what-the-future-holds-for-modern-orthodox-judaism-a-conversation/ • Israel’s chief rabbi wants exhumation of Jerusalem woman who allegedly pretended to be Jewish https://www.jta.org/2021/08/20/israel/israels-chief-rabbi-wants-exhumation-of-jerusalem-woman-who-allegedly-pretended-to-be-jewish

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