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Gil Student

Articles by Gil Student

When Shabbat Is Shofar

This year, we do not blow shofar on the first day of Rosh Hashanah because it is Shabbat. To prevent people from carrying a shofar

A New Look at Esther

Reviewing: Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav (Hebrew and English Edition), by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Koren Publishers Jerusalem/OU Press, hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN-10: 9653011847, January 2017.

Grandfathers in Judaism

I. Teaching Torah Grandparents fulfill a unique mitzvah by teaching their descendants Torah. The Gemara (Kiddushin 30a) offers someone named Zevulun ben Dan as an

Torah, Sinai and Technology

I. Dueling Mountains and Dueling Rabbis As we approach Shavuot, we can consider how technology has changed our perception of Torah expertise. Midrashic tradition teaches

Jedis in Halacha

I. Jedis as Warriors As a child growing up with the original Star Wars movies, I developed an impression of Jedis as space-monks, serene individuals

Da’as Torah or Advice?

Many religious Jews today ask rabbis life questions—whom to marry, where to live, what career path to follow—and take their answers as authoritative rulings. In

Who Needs a Rabbi?

My wife’s grandfather, a Hasid who was trapped behind the Iron Curtain for decades before moving to Brooklyn, used to enjoy being asked who his

Glass Half Full Judaism

Some people see a split occurring within Modern Orthodox Judaism between those who adopt a more lenient religious interpretation and those who are stricter. I