May 26, 2009
He’s a student of the publishing industry with hands-on experience running his own book company; he’s a knowledgeable businessman with years of experience in finance; he’s a mathematician comfortable with probability and statistics; he’s a blogger on the Internet and a published writer; and he’s an Orthodox rabbi, with expertise in many areas of Torah, including the intricate laws of kosher.
But above all, he’s a student – Rabbi Gil Student, the newly hired Managing Editor at OU Press, the Orthodox Union’s foray into book publishing, which got off to a big start this year with “The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening,” the Haggadah which was found on thousands of seder tables this past Passover. The Haggadah is based on the teachings of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, the Rav, whose commentaries have so far been the focus of OU Press’ activities.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT HIRHURIM?
Rabbi Student says: I never wrote exposes of any organization and don’t plan on doing so. At most, I announced my disappointment with Agudah. That’s about as hard-hitting this blog has been. Keep in mind that this is NOT a news blog. Also, that I’ve been interacting with communal leaders for a long time and have always tried hard to be fair and not personally antagonize anyone.
If anything, my interaction on a regular basis with talmidei chachamim of a high caliber will improve the blog.