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.

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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Women Rabbis

R. Hershel Schachter on women reading the kesubah at a wedding, being called to the Torah and being ordained as rabbis. I, once again, tip my hat to TorahWeb for providing excellent material for public education.

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The Camel, The Hare, And The Hyrax IV

It seems this book has made an impression. One prominent outreach group has, after reading this book, decided to stop using the “proof” for the divine origin of the Torah that the Torah lists every animal with only one kosher sign. Here is a letter from the group: Dear R’ Nosson, I wanted to let you know that after reading ...

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Laws of Charity II

Ch. 249 1: One who can afford to should give as much as the poor require. One who cannot afford to do so should ideally give 20% of his assets or, for an average person, 10%. Anything less than 10% is stingy.   Rema: One should not give away more than 20% of one’s assets so as not to become ...

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Until I saw this passage, it had never occured to me that the Shabbos of Creation was not only the day on which God rested. It was the day on which nature started to take its course.   From R. Walter Wurzburger, God is Proof Enough, p. 113:   The regularity and order governing the realm of nature tend to ...

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