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.

Ask the OU Online

The OU now has an online form through which you can ask questions that will be directed to the appropriate rabbis on the OU’s staff. The webpage also includes a phone number, fax number and e-mail address. Knock yourselves out.

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Torah Time

Does a full day start at the beginning of the night and continue until the next evening, or does it begin in the morning and continue until the end of the night? Any observant Jew (and his employer) knows that, according to the Torah, a day begins with the night. That is why Shabbos – and all days – begin ...

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Local and Israeli Poor

R. Daniel Z. Feldman pointed out that a recent post contains an error. It claims that charity to the poor in Israel takes precedence over charity to local poor. That is actually an issue that is hotly debated. Here is what he graciously sent me: In the view of many major authorities, the aniyei irkha take precedence over the poor ...

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Election ’04

I saw the debate between Kerry and Bush last night, the only debate that was not on Yom Tov. I concluded two things: 1. Kerry really does look like a horse. 2. Both candidates have good points and major flaws. I hate it when people try to tell me that the Torah requires me to vote one way or another. ...

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RIETS in the News

The Town Crier found this in the Boca Raton News: Rabbi Brander has accepted the vice president position of Yeshiva University in New York City. Not big news for anyone even remotely in the loop, but still no official word from YU. I guess this means goodbye.

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Kosher Slurpees

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the kosher status of Slurpees, via the cRc (Chicago Rabbinical Council). I don’t think I have ever in my life had a Slurpee. But I hear they are good.

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Car Mezuzah

There is a relatively new religious object being sold today called a “Car Mezuzah.” Very simply, it is a mezuzah that is specially designed to be placed in a car. Of course, the obligation to hang a mezuzah is only in a house. However, the question remains whether there is any sort of mitzvah fulfillment, or even protection from danger, ...

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Looking For

If anyone maintains contact with R. Dr. David Sykes, who taught Bible in YU in the late 80s and early 90s, please e-mail me. I would like someone to relay a message to him on my behalf. Thank you.

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Humrah Society III

Not all modern humros (stringencies) are the same. Yes, there are people out there who look for every possible stringency. There are people out there who try to fulfill every halakhic view rather than merely following one. But some humros reflect a very different phenomenon and it is important to recognize that distinction. We live in a world of burgeoning ...

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New York Water VI

I just listened to a 45-minute lecture by R. Mordechai Willig on this subject from a month ago (Sep. 9 ’04). He draws no conclusions but makes it clear that this is a very serious question which he is not ready to answer. He also mentions that R. J. David Bleich is lenient. If anyone knows whether R. Willig has ...

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