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Speaking With Fellow Parents About The Bayit Association

This past Monday night, I listened in and watched over Zoom as the Bayit Association held its first-ever info session entitled “A Roadmap to Housing for Disabled Adults: What Every Parent Needs to Know.” The session was co-led by Adam Chill and Bassie Taubes, board members and founders of the Bayit Association, and was attended

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Making the Omer Count!

Hopefully many of us are still counting the Omer each evening, as we have since the second night of Pesach. For me this year my count is saved every night thanks to “Omer Counter 2.0.8” from Chabad.org’s mobile apps division. As we count down (or up) the 49 days toward the giving of the Torah, as represented by Shavuot, I always think

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What Is Your College Student Doing This Summer?

The Jewish Link is seeking college students interested in reporting, writing and photography to join us for this year’s summer internship program, based in Teaneck. We are looking for motivated, flexible and creative self-starters who are able to meet tight deadlines and cover last-minute events. Responsibilities will include attending,

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A Pesach Bracha for Our Readers: Mazel, Chesed and Torah

We sent this issue of The Jewish Link to press with more than a modicum of happiness and relief, noting that at 236 pages, with a new, first-time-ever pullout Chol Hamoed Activity Guide, this is the largest issue of our newspaper in our history. We thank our valued advertisers and contributors for their continued support and constant

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A Hearty Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

I write this piece late on our Pesach edition deadline day. For me, writing has never been easy and I always seem to have a myriad conflicting and sometimes confusing thoughts flying through my head when sitting down to write. Although not a perfect parallel, I often like to compare the process of writing to the act of davening Shemoneh

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As Purim Approaches, Let’s Band Together to Help Ukrainian Refugees

As we prepare to celebrate Purim next week, with the only masks required finally being those of the dress-up variety, we are all trying to embrace the hope that this represents for the end of the pandemic. Unfortunately, marring the simcha of Adar is the crisis that is continuing to unfold in Ukraine, which worsens every time we look at the

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Oy Vey! Jon Kranz Gets the Last Laugh

In addition to many other happenings in our world this week, we would like to pause, call attention and give our deepest thanks to Englewood’s own Jonathan Kranz, who filed his final “Oy Vey!” column with us this week. Please enjoy his unexpectedly academic treatise on Talmudic sources as they pertain to the topic of humor,

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On the Jewish Link’s Ninth Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that this week’s edition represents our paper’s ninth anniversary. Looking back, I realize the last time I wrote an anniversary piece was for our seventh anniversary, at the beginning of March 2020. I began that column saying “Although I know the coronavirus has everyone on edge in our community….”

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Mazal Tov to Tamar and Isaac!

I haven’t written in a while and while I had a good number of reasonably valid, semi-truthful and useful excuses for not writing over the last month or so (you know…yeshiva break, etc.) I have absolutely no excuses any more and in fact, I have some really nice news to share with our readership and community this week.

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Support Yachad NJ Next Motzei Shabbat, March 5

In advance of last year’s 2021 Yachad NJ gala, which was held virtually due to COVID, I published in this space the closing portion of my remarks from the event the year prior, at which my wife and I were honored. I touched upon how challenging it has been for my wife and me, both of us with siblings with special needs and with

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Let’s All ‘Join the Conversation’

This Shabbat, we will be reading from parshat Yitro. After observing Moshe lead the people and probably exhibiting the earliest Biblical example of on-the-job burnout, Moshe’s father-in-law Yitro suggests to him that an effective leader can’t do everything without help. This important lesson has carried us forward to modern times,

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Active Shooter Drills in Our Shuls?

As Shabbat ended last week, we all turned on our phones or TVs to the shocking news out of Colleyville, Texas. A rabbi and three congregants were being held hostage inside Congregation Beth Israel. The hostage-taker, later identified as British national Malik Faisal Akram, 44, had stormed the synagogue as Shabbat morning services were being

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