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 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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• How a Jerusalem synagogue preserves the soul of Italian Jewry • This Is Not the End of the Synagogue • Temple Institute Rabbi: ‘Jews came from all of Israel to blow the shofar on Shabbat’ • UNESCO names Erfurt’s medieval Jewish buildings in Germany as World Heritage Site

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• How a Jerusalem synagogue preserves the soul of Italian Jewry • Yom Kippur War After 50 Years • The Rise of the Yom Kippur Appeal

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Three Brief Reviews

In the Fall 2023 issue of Jewish Action, I review the following three books: Torat Chaim: Words to Share at Life’s Meaningful Moments edited by Rabbis Wes Kalmar, Noah Cheses, Steven Miodownik and Brahm Weinberg The Golden Age of the Lithuanian Yeshivas by Ben-Tsiyon Klibansky Choshev Mishpat: Software Ethics in Halacha by Shaul Moshe Alter Torat Chaim: Words to Share at Life’s ...

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• R A Lopiansky – The Limits of Reason • Self-identifying Jews – Global Jewish population hits 15.7 million ahead of new year, 46% of them in Israel • An Extraordinary Library

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Trapped By The Sermon

by R. Gil Student Many rabbis use the High Holiday sermons as an opportunity to showcase their talents and to showcase crucial ideas and themes. Considering the large crowd, rabbis may spend months preparing just the right combination of information and inspiration. In other words, it’s a big deal. Some congregants enjoy the sermon. Others flee the room. Some envy ...

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• R M Taragin – The State of God in Our World • YUTorah To Go Rosh Hashanah • Seems a bit extreme – Ultra-Orthodox rabbis decide to sue New York over having to teach English, science • Seems a bit unwise – Tens of thousands of Jews flock to Uman for Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage despite another year of wartime warnings

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• Z Eleff – The Current State of the Modern Orthodox Community • Y Hoffman – OU Issues a Remarkable and Groundbreaking Study • S Halpern – The Shofar of Dreams

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Audio Roundup 2023:36

by Joel Rich Does the psak of bet din evidence the ratzon hashem or is it normative law to adjudicate in this world. Example – my friend and I agree that we will each purchase a mega millions ticket each week and if either of us win the big prize we will split it. I win – would bet din ...

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• Why Don’t We Cry Anymore on the High Holidays? • I hope they become available on other sites as well, for those of us who do not use Sefaria – More than 36 volumes of work by Rabbi Lord Sacks to be made digitally available • This all much ado about nothing. When danger is prevalent (shechi’ah hezeika), we cannot rely ...

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• Rav Soloveitchik (video) – The Secret of the Baal Teshuva • NJ court rules in favor of woman who used social media to lobby for Jewish divorce • New to Israel? Rabbis here aren’t the same as they are elsewhere

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