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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Editorials

Thanking Mayor Hameeduddin For His Service to Teaneck

Some leaders are born, not elected.

Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin has served on Teaneck’s town council for 12 years, and is finishing his eighth year as Teaneck’s mayor.

For our friend Mohammed, what began as community service turned into a display of

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Gratitude, Today and Every Day

In my 20s and early 30s, before I had kids tumbling in, metaphorically—and sometimes actually—clanging cymbals and shaking me awake before I had time to properly get up, I used to think of three things I was grateful for, before I started my day. It was an idea that I had heard someone suggest on a radio station several thousand moons

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Check Out Our New ‘Community Views’ Pages

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns and stay-at-home orders upended life as we know it. Yet, as always, our community pulled together. Now, as we slowly emerge from our homes and move toward our “new normal,” we at The Jewish Link have brought on a special cohort of summer interns, who will work remotely to help document our rebirth and renewal in the

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On Our Vibrant Letters to the Editor

It seems that the more letters we print this summer, the more we receive the following week. For now, we are continuing our policy of printing as many letters as we can, provided they are, in broad terms, fact-based, congenial and respectful. We certainly don’t welcome or allow letters that are slanderous or would qualify as lashon hara

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Capping off a Bittersweet Graduation Season

It was a spring none of us expected. Our young graduates, poised to catapult to the next stages of their lives and educations, certainly never imagined completing every credit and assignment online, hardly glimpsing a teacher in person over these last three months.

We are sure they also never imagined

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Toda v’Hatzlacha to Norbert Strauss

On December 8, 2016, Norbert Strauss joined the ranks of The Jewish Link’s regular columnists, writing under the column name “Personal History.” Since then, he has graced our pages with his insights and thoughts, and has become a welcome and beloved addition to our paper. We and our readers have learned a tremendous amount

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Mazal Tov to Eyal!

With COVID-19 impacting almost everything, the last few months have been unprecedented and challenging for virtually everyone on the planet. And it’s been all the more so for those in our community who have been planning family smachot such as a bar/bat mitzvah, engagement or wedding. While it has not been simple, I

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Join Us This Tuesday at 1PM For NOT Business as Usual

Like virtually all businesses, we at The Jewish Link have been terribly impacted by the onset of COVID-19 and all of its attendant restrictions and lockdowns since mid-March. In between worrying about the health of our families and our friends and ensuring that we were still able to print our weekly edition, we were also worrying about the

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Expressing Compassion for the African American Community’s Challenges

A foundational principle of Jewish life is “do not oppress the stranger, for you know the very life of the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Shemot 23:9). Our very identity as a Jewish nation is grounded in the reality that we were once enslaved. We are commanded to express compassion for the plight of those who

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Helping Our Local Businesses Restart: Calling for Your Input and Ideas

In last week’s paper we published a short news release announcing that I had been appointed to serve on Governor Phil Murphy’s “Restart and Recovery Committee Advisory Council.” At the committee’s first meeting last Thursday it was expressed that our goal is to help our state’s residents and businesses return to normal life

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As We Count Days, Can We Make These Moments Count?

As more and more Jewish organizations release guidelines and checklists for a safe-as-possible and reordered reopening of our communities (see our cover story by our own Harry Glazer), we are cognizant of the many changes that have already been made to our lives, with or without our express consent or choice.

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Looking Out From the Inside

No one, in any of our communities, has escaped the broad and deep effects of the pandemic. The complexity of experiences, and the level to which everyone has been touched by COVID-19 takes as many forms as there are people.

There are those who are grieving, and those who have been sick. There are those

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