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.

Birkas Kohanim On the Battlefield

by R. Gil Student I. Shoes Off In the Diaspora, Ashkenazim perform Birkas Kohanim (the priestly blessings) only on holidays. However, in most places in Israel, it is done every day, albeit without the lengthy singing. This is a biblical requirement, which raises the question why it is not done everywhere. Be that as it may, soldiers who are kohanim ...

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• Israel’s chief rabbis leave their posts as term ends with no election set • 180 Nova survivors join Shabbaton in Jerusalem with Haredim • RJ Muskat – The Accusation of Dual Loyalty: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective • Faith leaders gather to promote restoring traditional values in America and Israel • Is Britain’s Likely New Prime Minister Lazy for Celebrating Shabbat?

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• N Lewin: Will the Law Protect Jewish Places of Worship From Antisemitic Mobs? • Chareidi Soldier’s Family Wins Dispute: The Word “HY’D” Will Be Engraved On His Matzeivah • The Old Yishuv and the unbroken presence of Jews in the Holy Land • King Solomon at Gezer • New IDF unit will exclusively cater to orthodox women 

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• ‘I love this work, but it’s killing me’: The unique toll of being a spiritual leader today • Towards a more Jewish IDF • M Helfand – Louisiana’s Ten Commandments law tests the future of church-state separation

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• The Pitfalls and Promise of Social Media: A Lesson From the ‘Free’ Fish in Egypt • YWN EDITORIAL: The Tragic Hypocrisy of Mental Health Awareness in Our Community • OU Kosher Conference marks 30 years of unifying ‘mashgichim’ worldwide • RM Taragin – A ‘Different Spirit’

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Do Soldiers Bentch Gomel?

by R. Gil Student I. When to Recite Gomel One of the thankful and praiseful blessings we recite is Gomel, in which we thank God in public for preserving us in a dangerous situation. A soldier engaged in combat certainly qualifies as emerging from danger. If he returns home for a few days during the war for a brief rest, ...

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• I hope they change the law to require the tablets be rectangular cuboids – Jewish parents join lawsuit challenging Louisiana law requiring Ten Commandments in schools • ‘A sword over the study hall’: Ultra-Orthodox media rages at court ruling on draft

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• Israel’s High Court rules that Haredim can no longer be exempt from the army • Delegation Of Prominent Rabbis Arrive In US To Solicit Emergency Funds For Yeshivos • Seven lessons from a pastor about preaching on controversial gender issues – When My Sermon Riled Our City • Graduation speech at HUC about the importance of halachah

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• Chaotic scenes as anti-Israel protesters surround synagogue in Los Angeles • 20 years since worst antisemitic arson attack in UK, Aish has built back stronger • Inside the inefficient market for religious real estate that confounds creative reuse

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Three Brief Reviews

by R. Gil Student In the Summer 2024 issue of Jewish Action, I review the following three books: The Jewish State: From Opposition to Opportunity by Rabbi Doron Perez HaAretz Asher Areka: Mitzvat Yishuv Eretz Yisrael (Hebrew) by Rabbi Shnayor Burton Famous Gemaras: The Gemara’s incredible stories come to life by Rabbi Gershon Schwartz The Jewish State: From Opposition to ...

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