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 battles that are already lost – Why Did Dati Leumi Roshei Yeshivos Ban Talmidim From Donating Blood? • Clergy burnout – ‘Change in calling’ top reason black, evangelical pastors quit • F Nataf – Jonathan Sacks, morality and Facebook algorithms • A Court Win for One Pro-Life Med Student Raises Concerns for Others

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• 1,700 doctors and nurses rally against assisted suicide • R W Goldstein – The Shabbat Project: Step inside • New York State vs. the Yeshivas • Why some Jewish communities thrived and others did not – Under pressure: the paradox of the diamond • Beth Din of America – Loss Splitting in Jewish Law: A Covid-19 Example

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Rabbi Sacks’ Theology of the Stranger: A Halakhic Defense

by R. Gil Student Rabbi Jonathan Sacks zt”l opened up Jewish thought to a broader audience with his prolific writing and speaking about ideas in ways that were both eloquent and accessible. To a surprising degree, he was able to transcend denominational, ethnic and religious communities without sacrificing his traditional Orthodox Jewish beliefs. However, some people contend that in his ...

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• SHOCKING! Christians Posting As Rabbanim Outed In Phoenix: Peformed Giyur, Taharos, Gittin • Conservative movement publishes list of rabbis it has expelled or suspended • Pandemic Restrictions Put Jewish Kiwis in a Bind

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Pidyon Shevuyim for Someone Guilty

by R. Gil Student Pidyonim Shevuyim means redeeming a captive, paying someone’s ransom. It is among the highest priorities of mitzvos. Shulchan Arukh (Yoreh De’ah 252:1) is more important than feeding and clothing the poor. If we fail to redeem captives, we risk rampant death and assimilation of upstanding members of our community. Some people think pidyon shevuyim is a ...

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• R C Steinmetz – The Greatest Jewish Joke Ever • What was Jewish life in Israel like at the time of the Mishna, Talmud? • The money is funding Jewish community and education – Medieval Jewish prayerbook sold for $8.3 million, a near-record for Judaica • Facebook Rejects Chabad Ads About New Antisemitism Class

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Five Quick Divrei Torah on Vayera 5782

by R. Gil Student link to audio In less than ten minutes: 1) Rav Shlomo Heiman on why Avraham wanted guests, 2) Rav David Pardo on the significance of Avraham’s tree, 3) Malbim on why Hashem did not save the tzadikim of Sedom, 4) Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro on the importance of your time, 5) Rav Yechezkel Abramsky on the ...

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• Rabbis face mental health battles in new pandemic phase • Written from a Christian perspective but it applies generally – Empty Pews Are an American Public Health Crisis • Insert joke about British food – Kosher food available at British parliament for first time • Court rejects pedophile’s lawsuit against rabbi who likened him to a terrorist • A New Look at Judaism ...

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• Non-humans can’t be Jewish because they aren’t human, not because of any anatomical lackings – What would religious leaders do if aliens showed up? • Torah Live Breathes New Life into Education • Ramat Gan Mayor Says City Will Sponsor Two Posters With Women For Every One Defaced

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• Kollel Eretz Chemdah – the “Shabbos Umbrella” • Demystifying OU-D : Why Consumers Care • Holy and mundane: Why Israel’s 1st Orthodox premier still rankles many religious • The Woke Threat to America— and to American Jews

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