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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• Some American Jews are taking off their kippahs and Stars of David amid a wave of antisemitic incidents  https://www.jta.org/2021/05/21/united-states/the-israel-gaza-conflict-triggered-a-wave-of-antisemitic-incidents-some-american-jews-are-taking-off-their-kippahs-and-stars-of-david • This is vile slander against a local rabbinic organization trying to lead its community faithfully. I only include it because community leaders need to know what is being published about our leadership – Long Island rabbis accused of ‘Mafia-like’ methods in ...

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Atonement for the Deceased

by R. Gil Student Our time in this world is limited. We strive to do all the good we can and avoid doing wrong. When we sometimes misstep, we try to do teshuvah and atone for our misdeeds. The time for doing mitzvos ends with our passing, at least on a basic level. Is that also the end for our ...

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• This is a correct response (not that they need my approval) – The Instructions Of Gedolei Yisrael To Israeli Yeshivos https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1975176/the-instructions-of-gedolei-yisrael-to-israeli-yeshivos.html • I believe the term he is looking for is “dibas ha-aretz” (Num. 13:32) – Anti-Israel seminary students have forfeited the right to be rabbis https://www.jns.org/opinion/anti-israel-seminary-students-have-forfeited-the-right-to-be-rabbis/ • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are bucking the patriarchal, authoritarian stereotype of their community http://theconversation.com/ultra-orthodox-jewish-women-are-bucking-the-patriarchal-authoritarian-stereotype-of-their-community-160148 • Baylor ...

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• R H Goldberg – The Piechotkas and the Wooden Synagogues of Poland https://www.aish.com/jw/s/The-Piechotkas-and-the-Wooden-Synagogues-of-Poland.html • Is It Discrimination or ‘Do No Harm’? Christian Doctors Gear Up for Transgender Debates https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/may/hhs-christian-doctor-transgender-reassignment-court-cmda.html • HHS rule would ‘force religious providers’ out Title X program https://www.christianpost.com/news/hhs-rule-would-force-religious-providers-out-title-x-program.html

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• A very Christian article but with practical suggestions, some of which might be useful for Jewish communities – Suicide prevention: 3 approaches for engaging faith communities https://www.christianpost.com/voices/suicide-prevention-3-approaches-for-engaging-faith-communities.html • A Short History of Kugel https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/05/a-short-history-of-kugel/ • Colleges trying to protect their religious rights – CCCU Says LGBT Lawsuit Is Frivolous https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/may/cccu-lgbt-lawsuit-equality-act-religious-exemption-reap.html  

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Does God Fool Us?

by R. Gil Student I. Misleading Messages One of the approaches to respond to the biblical challenge of the age of the universe is the theory that the world was created fully grown, so to speak. Light was already traveling through space, animal remains had already been encased in the earth, trees already had rings implying age, etc. “All of ...

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• Top Israeli rabbi urges restraint amid reports of Jews attacking Arab citizens https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/top-israeli-rabbi-urges-restraint-amid-reports-jews-attacking-arab-citizens-2021-05-12/ • Putting inspirational statements by Rabbi Sacks to music – New Song is Musical Tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks https://collive.com/new-song-is-musical-tribute-to-rabbi-lord-jonathan-sacks/ Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkuk1sIUWWk&ab_channel=StormTheWorldTV • All Parsha: the Ultimate Parsha Platform https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/promotions/1973074/all-parsha-the-ultimate-parsha-platform.html • R Wisse – The Hounding of Noam Pianko https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/politics-current-affairs/2021/05/the-hounding-of-noam-pianko/  

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• Jewish Americans in 2020 | Pew Research Center https://www.pewforum.org/2021/05/11/jewish-americans-in-2020/ • The Pew study cheat sheet: 10 key conclusions from the new survey of American Jews https://www.jta.org/2021/05/11/united-states/the-pew-study-cheat-sheet-10-key-conclusions-from-the-new-survey-of-american-jews • Forget ‘outreach.’ Pew 2020 tells us we should be investing in the Orthodox https://www.jta.org/2021/05/11/opinion/forget-outreach-pew-2020-tells-us-we-should-be-investing-in-the-orthodox • School chaplain challenges firing for opposing LGBT curriculum https://www.christianpost.com/news/school-chaplain-challenges-dismissal-over-lgbt-views.html  

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• B Blech – Survivor’s Guilt: Covid, The Holocaust, and Sinai https://www.aish.com/h/sh/t/Survivors-Guilt-Covid-The-Holocaust-and-Sinai.html • A Holzer – Akdamut: An Alphabet of Eleventh-Century Ashkenaz https://traditiononline.org/akdamut-an-alphabet-of-eleventh-century-ashkenaz-2/ • S Zuckier – The Pandemic Theology Dilemma: Preserve Normalcy or Embrace Crisis? https://www.thelehrhaus.com/commentary/the-pandemic-theology-dilemma-preserve-normalcy-or-embrace-crisis/ • Rare Color Photos of Jerusalem during the Siege in 1948 https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/05/rare-color-photos-of-jerusalem-during-the-siege-in-1948/  

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• N Diament – America’s Jewish communities are under attack — Here are 3 things Congress can do https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/552066-americas-jewish-communities-are-under-attack-here-are-3 • Y Adlerstein – From Yom Yerushalayim to Meron https://cross-currents.com/2021/05/10/from-yom-yerushalayim-to-meron/ • A Christian discusses the various studies on the effectiveness of prayer – How Much Does Prayer Weigh? https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/may-web-only/prayer-science-psychology-research-methodology.html  

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