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.

Three Brief Reviews

by R. Gil Student In the recently published Winter 2021 issue of Jewish Action, I review the following three books: Places in the Parasha: Biblical Geography and Its Meaning by Prof. Yoel Elitzur The Making of a Mentsch: The Laws and Parameters of Interpersonal Mitzvos by R. Moshe Walter Torah IQ: The Great Torah Riddle Book by David Woolf Places in ...

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Vayeshev: Third Aliyah

by R. Daniel Z. Feldman Commentary and insights into the third portion of Parashas Vayeshev. If you cannot see anything below, click on this link. See here for past weeks: here

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Vayeishev 5782

by Rabbi Gil Student link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl on the significance of living in Canaan, 2) Rav Shaul Yisraeli on Yosef’s wisdom, 3) Pri Megadim on Yosef’s self-sacrifice, 4) Taz and Rav David Pardo on why Ya’akov could not be comforted, 5) Meshech Chochmah on the butler’s dream. Subscribe to Five Quick ...

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Daily Reyd

• Conference of European Rabbis opposes proposed conversion legislation • Chareidi Zionism • The View from Pew: Where We Are – Jewish Action • The View from Pew: Where Do We Go from Here?

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Daily Reyd

• Y Menken – Giving Thanks Is Important, Spiritually and Patriotically • If current trends continue, which is always a big if – Nearly 1 in 3 Israeli Jews will be haredi Orthodox by 2050, per Israeli economic projections • Cappadocia: The history of the Shabbat candles • How the expansion of the term “conversion therapy” may threaten religious freedom – ...

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• National survey on youth and religion raises concern about Gen-Z Jews — and questions about how to understand them • Our Chinuch in Crisis — Who Will Teach Our Children? • Honest Skokie High School Students Turn In Hundreds Of Dollars That Fall From Armored Car

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Chanukah Lights: How Long?

by R. Gil Student Often, when social circumstances change significantly from the past, some people automatically assume that Jewish law must change. Others summarily dismiss the suggestion that the law will ever change. Both approaches are incorrect. Rather, these matters require careful and sensitive analysis by the leading scholars to determine the nature of the law and whether the change ...

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Were the Patriarchs Disabled?

by R. Gil Student Over the past few decades, there has been a trend among Bible scholars to try to find flaws in the biblical heroes. There is much to say about the impetus for this trend and its methodological assumptions. I would like to explore here one aspect of this issue. Is there, within traditional Judaism, a theological problem ...

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Daily Reyd

• R D Fischer – LGBTQIA+ is not our cause célèbre • CJV – Will 450 Progressive Rabbis Apologize for Antisemitic Scapegoating? • Ruins of a Hellenistic fortress show ‘tangible evidence’ of Hanukkah story, Israeli archaeologists say

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Vayishlach 5782

by Rabbi Gil Student link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) Rav Moshe Feinstein on preconditions for peace, 2) Rav Ya’akov Ettlinger on sending messengers before you, 3) Rav Yosef Karo on Ya’akov’s detailed instructions, 4) Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik on acting like gedolim, 5) the Taz on the need to prevent future attacks. Subscribe to Five Quick ...

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