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.

Attention Perplexed

Attention perplexed: The complete Guide is now available online. Tel Aviv University has put online the entire text of Michael Schwartz’s new Hebrew translation of Moreh Nevukhim. Wow! (Thanks to Lamed)

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Banned IV – Evolution

The question we will address here is not whether there are merits to the theory of evolution, or whether it is appropriate for an Orthodox Jew to adopt that theory. We will only discuss whether it is consistent with Orthodox beliefs, whether someone who believes in the theory of evolution is still within the bounds of Orthodoxy. As before, we ...

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We Already Have ‘B’Chezkas Moshiach’

From last week’s Beis Moshiach: Even in the early years of his leadership, chassidim knew that the Rebbe shlita, the nasi of the seventh generation since the Alter Rebbe, was Melech HaMoshiach… Then, on Shabbos Parshas Shmos 5752, we were privileged to hear the Rebbe shlita himself use a unique expression when he said that “there already is b’chezkas Moshiach.” ...

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Orthodoxy – the Future of Judaism?

There is no greater argument, in my mind, for Haredi army service than the general theme in this article. Be-kitzur, we want a country in which all Jews are Torah observant. When that happens, who will be in the army if not the frum? Are we supposed to hire a mercenary army? Obviously, there are significant challenges to a frum ...

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TuM Journal

The new issue of The Torah U-Madda Journal is available online. You can download some of the articles discussed in this post and this one. My contribution is here (see this post). Scariest quote from the entire journal: Recent studies of twelfth-grade pupils in religious high schools indicate that a large minority looks forward to military service precisely because it ...

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Yael and Sisera

In last week’s haftarah, we read about how Yael killed Sisera, the enemy general. The Gemara in Horiyos (10b) says that Yael slept with Sisera seven times before killing him, and refers to this as a sin with a good intent – aveirah li-shmah. This is quite an astounding statement! The Rashbash (R. Shlomo ben Shimon [ben Tzemah] Duran) explains ...

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Snow, Snow, Snow

From the bottom of my heart and the muscles of my back I would like to thank the good Lord for giving mankind the wisdom to invent the snowblower, Arthur Sicard for being God’s emissary in this world, and my neighbor for letting me use his. Update: A reader directed me to two articles on Aish.com about snow – I ...

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R. Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Age of the Universe

R. Samson Raphael Hirsch, Collected Writings, vol. 7 p. 265: Judaism is not frightened even by the hundreds of thousands and millions of years which the geological theory of the earth’s development bandies about so freely. Judaism would have nothing to fear from that theory even if it were based on something more than mere hypothesis, on the still unproven ...

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