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 Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four 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.

Praying In a Tank

by R. Gil Student I. Where to Pray Soldiers, like all professionals, use their extensive training and experience to inform their behavior in the field but ultimately they must improvise based on real-life circumstances. Tanks offer limited room for personal movement. They do not have sleeping quarters. However, during war a soldier may not have the option to leave the ...

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Daily Reyd

• Yehi Shalom B’Cheileikh: Celebrating Rabbi Carmy’s 50 Years of Teaching at YU • Catholic school can legally fire teacher in gay marriage: court • RB Wein – Swimming against the tide • RM Taragin – Yom Ha’Atzmaut in the Shadow of October 

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Books Received

Lev Avos on Pirkei Avos by R. Yaakov Haber (Mosaica) Medical Halachah Annual, Volume 2: Applying Classic Principles to Contemporary Practice edited by Dr. Edward Lebovics (Mosaica)

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Redeeming a Captive Caught in the Legal System

by R. Gil Student I. Important Mitzvah In Jewish law and tradition, redeeming a captive (pidyon shevuyim) is the highest form of charity. The Talmud (Bava Basra 8a) refers to it with the unusual term of “great mitzvah” and Shulchan Arukh (Yoreh De’ah 252:1), the code of Jewish law, says that “there is no mitzvah as great as pidyon shevuyim.” ...

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Daily Reyd

• New Specialized IDF Units and Pre-Military Schools Meet Greatly Increased Haredi Recruitment • Religious Zionist rabbis: ‘Keep rejoicing on Independence Day’ • Israeli university uses AI to decipher ancient Hebrew, Aramaic texts

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Daily Reyd

• SHIDDUCH INITIATIVE: Roshei Yeshiva Collaborate on Systemic Changes to Address Shidduch Crisis • Rejecting petitions, High Court says Chief Rabbi Yosef can receive Israel Prize

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Daily Reyd

• The Ghetto Library and Daily Life Under the Nazis • Thought to be destroyed by Nazis, books of the Lublin Yeshiva Library are turning up • Jewish Studies against the Jews

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Enlisting in the IDF

by R. Gil Student I. Employment and Slavery The issue of drafting Israeli yeshiva students into the IDF is a perennial political topic. I would like to discuss a related topic but without any political connection. In order to survive, a country has to be able to draft soldiers into its army. In halakhah, we call that part of mishpetei ...

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Doctors, businessmen, rabbis, and working professionals are learning Halacha and loving it!

Tailored for busy working professionals seeking meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences, the virtual halacha program ensures flexibility without compromising depth. As we embark on the summer zman, there’s no better time to join the VHP. Join us as we explore the intricacies of halachic rulings on dosh, melaben, tochen, and more in the Orach Chaim program, or delve into the halachos ...

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