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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• Fighting Antisemitism by Protecting Religious Liberty • Is the Old Testament Historically Accurate? • The pandemic disrupted the morning minyan. When will non-Orthodox Jews like me gather again for daily prayer? • The Pastors Aren’t All Right: 38% Consider Leaving Ministry • ‘Indiana Jones’ Rabbi Thought He Found the Ark of the Covenant and Nearly Started a War

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• This could be perfectly fine, but that seems unlikely – New York State says it will update rules governing secular education in yeshivas • S Pruzansky – Pushback • Is That Kosher? Rabbis Debate Plant-Based ‘Pork’ • Inaccurate claims about ‘rabbinical court’ opposing Covid-19 vaccination spread online

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• On Hakirah and Seforim Chatter (nothing about Torah Musings) – The Intellectual Fireworks of Talmud Study Move Outside the Yeshiva • Christian parents in Maine take the fight for religious school funding to the Supreme Court – The Future of Faith-Based Schools • A rabbi discusses his problems with communal infrastructure – Autism’s Growing Problem • R Y Pfeffer – Torah Environmentalism: ...

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Wealth Tax in Jewish Law

by R. Gil Student There is talk in the U.S. about taxing the wealth of the super-rich. Without engaging in discussion about proper policy today, I would like to explore the concept of a wealth tax in the Jewish tradition. I. Jewish Wealth Tax Historically, Jewish communities in various times and places have had to tax their members. When Jewish ...

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An Apostate’s Son

by R. Gil Student I. The Hungarian Apostate With what name do you call to the Torah someone whose father abandoned Judaism? You do not want to mention the apostate’s name. Rav Yisrael Isserlein (15th cen., Austria; Terumas Ha-Deshen 1:21) quotes two opinions on whether to call the man by just his name alone or by his name and his ...

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Vayeitzei 5782

by Rabbi Gil Student link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) The Beis HaLevi on two reasons to leave, 2) Rambam and Rav Simcha Wasserman on the Jewish future, 3) Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl on leaving in peace, 4) Rav Avraham Erlanger on giving thanks, 5) Maharam Schick on the path to the World-to-Come. Subscribe to Five Quick Divrei ...

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Daily Reyd

• 6 men and a ‘good old boys’ culture harmed students at Reform movement’s rabbinical school, report concludes • Lebanese Muslim posed as ultra-Orthodox Jew, married Brooklyn woman — reports • S Zuckier – The End of the Orthodox Voting Bloc? • New Illinois law aims to prevent skirting of vaccine mandates

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• Breakaway hassidic leader greeted joyfully in US • Beis Din Directors Call For Stricter Jewish Genealogy Checks • The Orthodox revolutionary: How Matan Kahana aims to revive Israel’s Jewish identity • Synagogues and nonprofits become eligible for grants to upgrade energy efficiency in the new infrastructure bill

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Books Received

Rupture and Reconstruction: The Transformation of Modern Orthodoxy by Dr. Haym Soloveitchik (Littman) Binah Ba-Sefarim: Dinim Derabbanan by R. Daniel Z. Feldman (Yeshiva)

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Daily Reyd

• R M Parnes – Does Israel funding Conservative, Reform Jews threaten Jewish identity? • ESPN article about YU – The most unlikely college hoops powerhouse, centuries in the making • R S Burg – The Hanukkah story that Jews need to learn • Is this good for the Jews? – 2021 election hints Lakewood Bloc Vote, VAAD endorsement not as ...

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