Author Archives: Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, 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.

New York Water V

The following is a statement I received from the OU. Keep in mind that this is not a pesak but a statement that until the OU reaches a final decision it will accommodate those who wish to be strict. This is also certainly not meant as a pesak for individuals. As it ends, and this cannot be emphasized enough, “As ...

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The Adoption of Heterodox Practices

The following is the first installment from an article I have written. I submitted it for publication last year but it got rejected by a grumpy editor who wanted changes. I made those revisions but decided to just blog it instead of resubmitting it for publication. After I finish posting all of the pieces, I’ll find somewhere on the web ...

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The World That Was

The Jewish Press has a review of an excellent new book by Sha’ar Press, The World That Was: America 1900-1945: Transmitting the Torah Legacy to America by Rabbi A. Leib Schneinabum. The review lauds this attempt to present history accurately, without modernist revision to make the past look like the current. I read one chapter of the book and agree ...

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Forbidden Mixtures

Following up on a discussion in the comments section about whether one can merely look at the ingredients of an item and determine whether it is kosher, I present the following sources. This is not intended as a well-researched or thorough post. I just pulled some stuff together after dinner. Regarding whether something that one cannot taste is permissible to ...

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R. Yitzhak (Prof. Isadore) Twersky z”l

A post at the House of Hock led me to a website with a collection of writings from R. Yitzhak (Prof. Isadore) Twersky z”l. Given his ground-breaking academic accomplishments and his life-long dedication to honest and uncompromising Torah, I thought it worthwhile to blog a link to this website.

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OU Kosher

The OU has launched a new kashrus website. (Thanks to the husband and wife blogging team of Avraham and Dani Bronstein.)

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Tisha B’Av Resources

Tisha B’Av is not a day for in-depth study but light reading of appropriate material is allowed. These three websites have such resources. Please add to this list of Orthodox resources in the comments section. OU Aish Ohr Somayach Torat Emet Artscroll Gemara (Gittin 55b-56a in English) Artscroll Kinnos for the Holocaust

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Lest we frumme Yidden be accused of lack of concern, let me voice my opposition to genocide anywhere against anyone. I frankly do not know enough about what is going on in Darfur to render an informed opinion nor do I have any ability to help, but my heart goes out to anyone who is innocently murdered or even just ...

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Laws of Charity III

Ch. 250 1. How much do we give a poor person? As much as he has lost. If he is hungry, we feed him. If he needs clothes, we clothe him. If he lacks furniture, we buy it for him. Even if he used to have, when he was rich, a horse to ride and a servant to run before ...

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In the days before Tisha be-Av, something from R’ Nathan Lopes Cardozo to ponder about those Jews in history who were strong enough in faith to choose martyrdom over apostasy: The late British philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin at the end of his famous essay “Two Concepts of Liberty” tries to convince us that one needs “to realize the relative validity ...

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