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.

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• NY sanitation workers help Jewish man retrieve lost tefillin from dump https://www.timesofisrael.com/ny-sanitation-workers-help-jewish-man-retrieve-lost-tefillin-from-dump/ • Gedolei Yisrael Take Vaccine, Call on Public to Vaccinate https://hamodia.com/2020/12/23/gedolei-yisrael-take-vaccine-call-public-vaccinate/ • My daughter is FlatbushGirl and I couldn’t be prouder https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/my-daughter-is-flatbushgirl-and-i-couldnt-be-prouder/  

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• Orthodox Jewish leaders are telling their followers to vaccinate for COVID-19. Will they listen? https://www.jta.org/2020/12/21/health/orthodox-jewish-leaders-are-telling-their-followers-to-vaccinate-for-covid-19-will-they-listen • Lawmakers include $2.75 billion for private schools in stimulus after prodding by Orthodox Jewish and Catholic groups https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/lawmakers-include-2-75-billion-for-private-schools-in-stimulus-after-prodding-by-orthodox-jewish-and-catholic-groups • OU: We Must Bring the Backyard Experience Into the Shul Instead of the Shul Experience into the Backyards https://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/judaism-news/ou-exec-we-must-bring-the-backyard-experience-into-the-shul-instead-of-the-shul-experience-into-the-backyards/2020/12/21/ • New dayan announced by London Beth Din is ‘truly outstanding appointment’ https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/new-dayan-announced-by-london-beth-din-is-truly-outstanding-appointment/

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• For those who take their medical advice from rabbis – WATCH IT: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky: People Are REQUIRED To Take Vaccine; “Don’t Be Afraid” https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/featured/1930228/watch-it-hagaon-harav-chaim-kanievsky-people-are-required-to-take-vaccine-dont-be-afraid.html • R C Strauchler – Don’t ignore the importance of religion as part of our health care during the pandemic https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/12/17/dont-ignore-the-importance-of-religion-as-part-of-our-health-care-during-the-pandemic.html • Cutting-edge scientific analysis reveals secrets of ancient Jewish Purim scroll https://www.timesofisrael.com/cutting-edge-scientific-analysis-reveals-secrets-of-old-jewish-purim-scroll/

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• The Jealous God of Chanukah https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/12/the-jealous-god-of-chanukah • Chief Rabbi Lau to Diaspora rabbis: You must vaccinate, dangerous not to https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/chief-rabbi-lau-to-diaspora-rabbis-you-must-vaccinate-dangerous-not-to-652477 • NJ clergy urge faithful to get COVID vaccine, despite moral qualms https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/12/18/nj-clergy-urge-faithful-get-covid-vaccine-despite-moral-qualms/3906138001/

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• For people who take their medical advice from rabbis – Top ultra-Orthodox rabbis recommend community vaccinate against COVID-19 https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-ultra-orthodox-rabbis-recommend-community-vaccinate-against-covid-19/ • J Brown – The Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Medieval Jewish Thought https://traditiononline.org/the-conjunction-of-saturn-and-jupiter-in-medieval-jewish-thought/ • M Soloveichik – How Exile Changed the Meaning of Hanukkah, and How the Return to Zion Is Changing It Again https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2020/12/how-exile-changed-the-meaning-of-hanukkah-and-how-the-return-to-zion-is-changing-it-again-2/  

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• R E Mirvis – As chief rabbi, I can no longer remain silent about the plight of the Uighurs http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/15/chief-rabbi-silent-plight-uighurs-atrocity-china • Read past the misleading headline – Rabbi Avraham Steinberg: No Halachic Obligation – For Now – To Be Vaccinated Against Covid-19 https://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/felafel-on-rye/rabbi-avraham-steinberg-no-halachic-obligation-for-now-to-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19/2020/12/10/ • If you are an Orthodox rabbi, please consider signing this – Statement on Orthodoxy https://coalitionforjewishvalues.org/2020/12/statement-on-orthodoxy/ • 1840 ...

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• In the 20th Century, Ultra-Orthodoxy Protected Itself by Building High Walls. In the 21st, It Must Sustain Itself by Reaching over Those Walls https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2020/12/in-the-20th-century-ultra-orthodoxy-protected-itself-by-building-high-walls-in-the-21st-it-must-sustain-itself-by-reaching-over-those-walls/ • INTERVIEW: Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm Discusses The Joshua Project, A Bible-Based Platform That Aims To ‘Make America Good Again’ https://www.dailywire.com/news/interview-rabbi-dr-ari-lamm-discusses-the-joshua-project-a-bible-based-platform-that-aims-to-make-america-good-again • Belgian court strikes down synagogue ban https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/293057 • In 1st for Arab world, Moroccan schools to teach Jewish history and ...

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Voice Recognition in Jewish Law

by R. Gil Student I. Identifying People We use many faculties to observe the goings on about us. When one sense is unavailable, we often use others to compensate. Even if we cannot see someone, we can still identify their presence by the sound of their voice. Does this identification have bearing in Jewish law? Identification by sight can be ...

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• A Lamm – Why the cultural elite truly despises Hanukkah https://nypost.com/2020/12/09/why-the-cultural-elite-truly-despises-hanukkah/ • A Lamm – Make America Good Again https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/12/make-america-good-again • M Schiffman – Does Judaism Champion Mindfulness? https://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/does-judaism-champion-mindfulness/2020/12/10/ • SCOTUS ruling allows damages over religious freedom https://forward.com/fast-forward/460097/supreme-court-religious-freedom-ruling-clarence-thomas/ • A Josephs – Letter To The New Yorker Editor: “When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community…” https://jewinthecity.com/2020/12/letter-to-the-new-yorker-editor-when-one-parent-leaves-a-hasidic-community/  

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