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Rabbi Gil Student
“Rabbi Gil Student is one of the most engaging of contemporary rabbinic scholars, bringing the vast resources of halakhah and Jewish ethics to bear on a formidable range of contemporary issues” — Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
“Rabbi Gil Student has educated, inspired and entertained thousands of people with his perceptive and comprehensive essays on halakhah, Jewish thought and Jewish history” — Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz
An innovative thinker who applies classical Jewish texts to contemporary life questions, and a pioneer of the Jewish internet, Rabbi Gil Student has been exploring the big and small Jewish questions to wide acclaim. In Search Engine, he examines Jewish life in this era of social media and mobile technology through the lens of Jewish law, surveying topics in accessible and engaging ways, and offering depth and breadth to the novice and the expert. With the back-and-forth of proof and counterproof, early and late commentaries are brought to bear on both the what and why of contemporary issues.
Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com. He writes frequently in Jewish newspapers and magazines, serving as a regular contributor to Jewish Action, The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo, and The Vues. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, on the Editorial Board of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine, and as the magazine’s Book Editor.
Rabbi Gil Student tackles the most important issues about Jewish leadership, community, and autonomy in his second volume of Search Engine. What exactly is a rabbi - a legal authority, a community organizer, an inspirational speaker, or some combination? What exactly is ordination and can it ever be revoked? Are there any limitations on who can be called a "rabbi"?
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