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 and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance 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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• Portraits of the healers: Orthodox doctors and nurses in their own words https://forward.com/life/456582/portraits-of-the-healers-orthodox-doctors-and-nurses-in-their-own-words/ • M Helfand – To avoid the charge of anti-Semitism, New York needs to make its COVID crackdown standards clearer https://www.jta.org/2020/10/16/opinion/to-avoid-the-charge-of-anti-semitism-new-york-needs-to-make-its-covid-crackdown-standards-clearer • No need to reexamine established halachah – Rebbetzin Malka Piotrkowski: We should Reexamine Prohibition of Touching During Menstruation https://www.jewishpress.com/news/politics/rebbetzin-malka-piotrkowski-we-should-reexamine-prohibition-of-touching-during-menstruation/2020/10/18/ • Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ceases print edition https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-journal-of-los-angeles-ceases-print-edition/

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When Lashon Ha-Ra Goes Viral

by R. Gil Student I. Lashon Ha-Ra With Legs The idea that derogatory speech can go viral — a post, video or message can be forwarded thousands of times — should more than ever bring home to us the severity of our actions, just how much damage we can do with a few words. However, sometimes even this vivid illustration ...

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• Apparently Golus means different things to different people – In a repeat of the spring, yeshivas in Brooklyn are operating despite school closure mandate https://www.jta.org/2020/10/15/united-states/in-a-repeat-of-the-spring-yeshivas-in-brooklyn-are-operating-despite-school-closure-mandate • I would like to know more about the methodology of this poll. It seems suspicious to me. – Orthodox support for Trump is skyrocketing, survey finds https://www.jta.org/2020/10/15/united-states/orthodox-support-for-trump-is-skyrocketing-survey-finds • M Krakowski – How to really help Haredi ...

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Spilling Wine

by R. Gil Student I. Spilling Wine Rav Moshe Isserles (Rema, 17th cen, Poland; Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chaim 396:1) records a custom to spill Havdalah wine on the ground. He explains that the basis of this custom is the Gemara (Eruvin 65b) that any house in which wine is not spilled like water does not see blessing. We spill wine ...

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• H Abramson – What is a ‘moser’? The ugly, complicated history of Judaism’s most dangerous accusation https://www.jta.org/2020/10/14/opinion/what-is-a-moser-the-ugly-complicated-history-of-judaisms-most-dangerous-accusation • This is important but even more important is stopping the big weddings, shul kiddushes, mask-optional shuls, etc. – Rockland Shuls File Lawsuit Over Cuomo’s Restrictions https://hamodia.com/2020/10/14/rockland-shuls-sue-cuomo-allege-violation-religious-liberty/ • More on the imminent demise of non-Orthodox synagogues – COVID Judaism is now competitive religion https://religionnews.com/2020/10/14/covid-synagogues-high-holy-days/ • It’s only ...

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• President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities – The Courts Alone Can’t Protect Christian Colleges https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/october-web-only/religious-liberty-christian-colleges-fuller-seminary-courts.html • This is what worries me about cancel culture. I don’t know anything about this organization but how long until mainstream Orthodox Jewish views (e.g. intermarriage, homosexual activity) are deemed “extremist” and worthy of cancel? – Tik Tok removes channel of extremist group ...

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• R S Carmy – Show Me Your Glory https://www.firstthings.com/article/2020/11/show-me-your-glory • R A Weiss – Our Faces Are Covered with Shame, We Cannot Claim ‘Our Hands Didn’t Spill this Blood’ https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/rabbi-asher-weiss-our-faces-are-covered-with-shame-we-cannot-claim-our-hands-didnt-spill-this-blood/2020/10/13/ • For non-Orthodox rabbis, there is no going back from online services. Time to say kaddish on the temples? – Rabbis offers lessons from High Holidays 2020 https://forward.com/news/national/456279/theres-no-going-back-what-rabbis-learned-from-the-extraordinary-high/ • Judaism, COVID and public health https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-judaism-covid-public-health-20201009-am4e52o3zvephckzgplkeceegq-story.html  

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• This is inevitable when the government loses all credibility for fairness or basic common sense. It now becomes a battle of wills and we all know NYC government has no stomach for confrontation. (For the record, I think we should voluntarily close all shuls. Also, it isn’t only Chasidic shuls that are violating the restrictions) – Orthodox Jews face ...

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• Rav Mayer Twersky – Rav Mayer Twersky: Chilul Hashem in the Streets: Response to the Protests https://vimeo.com/466396963 • R B Goldschmidt – Rabbis need to do our part to help keep the coronavirus from spreading https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/10/08/rabbis-need-do-our-part-help-keep-coronavirus-spreading/ • Despite our community’s undeniable bad behavior, this obviously discriminatory action must be protested in the courts – Agudath Israel sues Cuomo for restrictions imposed as ...

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• If there was an award for understatements, this would win the grand prize “There is no denying that some in the community have grown lax regarding health precautions in Borough Park and nearby neighborhoods” – A Shafran – By treating Orthodox Jews as the enemy, Governor Cuomo made himself one. https://forward.com/opinion/456011/by-treating-orthodox-jews-as-the-enemy-governor-cuomo-made-himself-one/ • It’s Cuomo and de Blasio vs. New ...

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