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 and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance 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.

Corona Musings

Below is a printable PDF of select essays about Coronavirus that appeared on Torah Musings. The essays have been formatted for printing and reading over the upcoming holidays. Each essay includes the date of publication so the reader can keep in mind the context. Corona Musings (PDF)

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Write Your Way Home: The Torah Guide to Therapeutic Writing

Join the thousands of readers all around the world who have discovered the transformative power of therapeutic writing! With clear and simple to follow exercises, you can learn to use writing to develop inner peace, transform your relationships and connect to Hashem. No writing experience necessary! Write Your Way Home: The Torah Guide to Therapeutic Writing For the Torah observant reader, ...

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Daily Reyd

• M Krakowski – The War Against the Haredim https://www.city-journal.org/yeshiva-education • Starting a new job as a rabbi during the pandemic? It’s not easy https://www.jta.org/2020/12/29/united-states/starting-a-new-job-as-a-rabbi-during-a-pandemic-that-has-shuttered-synagogues-not-easy • How Bible Critics Misread the Bible—Even by Their Own Standards https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2020/12/how-the-bible-critics-misread-the-bible-even-by-their-own-standards/ • Federal appeals court strikes down New York’s capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with rising COVID cases https://www.jta.org/2020/12/28/politics/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-new-yorks-capacity-limits-on-houses-of-worship-in-areas-with-rising-covid-cases • A year after attack, Monsey Jews are arming ...

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Daily Reyd

• Rav Hershel Schachter comments at the beginning of this shiur about his taking the vaccine from what he thought was a legitimate source – Halacha’s Traditional Approach to Vaccines and All Medical Issues http://www.torahweb.org/audio/rsch_122720_video.html • Federal appeals court strikes down New York’s capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with rising COVID cases https://www.jta.org/2020/12/28/politics/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-new-yorks-capacity-limits-on-houses-of-worship-in-areas-with-rising-covid-cases • This could be an important ...

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Daily Reyd

• T Sinensky – From Boys to Men https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/12/from-boys-to-men • Y Hoffman – The Vaccine Scandal, the CDC, and Murder https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1932616/the-vaccine-scandal-the-cdc-and-murder.html • J Frager – Kudos to the National Council of Young Israel https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/12/28/kudos-to-the-national-council-of-young-israel/ • Bergenfield’s Gershon Distenfeld Heads to World Series of Poker https://jewishlink.news//community-news/bergen/41295-bergenfield-s-gershon-distenfeld-heads-to-world-series-of-poker

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The Forbidden Sefer

by R. Gil Student Our thirst for Torah has limits. We treat learning as a sanctified activity and therefore restrain our activities to ensure we use appropriate sources and texts. Are there some Torah texts that we must avoid due to their ownership or the materials with which they were made? I. The Firstborn Torah In 1840, in a town ...

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Daily Reyd

• N Lewin – Poor advocacy: Kosher slaughter was badly defended https://www.jns.org/opinion/poor-advocacy-kosher-slaughter-was-badly-defended/ • R Y Adlerstein & R Y Pfeffer – Panel Discussion: Asara B’Tevet – Then and Now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBhtHqUFXtg

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Learning Is Doing

by R. Gil Student I. Special Power of Learning Torah We have not offered the Temple sacrifices in nearly 2,000 years but we continue fulfilling those mitzvos through our ongoing study of their laws. Does this special power of Torah study apply to other mitzvos as well or just sacrifices? The answer has implications for us today, during the (hopefully ...

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Daily Reyd

• R Y Hoffman – 7 Thoughts About The New COVID Vaccine https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1931577/thoughts-about-the-new-covid-vaccine.html • I do not normally publish death notices or eulogies, because sadly that would quickly drown out everything else. However, Rav Yehuda Herzl Henkin used to occasionally participate in the comments section of the Hirhurim blog (the predecessor of Torah Musings) and sometimes sent me private notes about content, ...

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