Friday, June 09, 2023


Remembering Rabbi Chaim Wasserman, zt”l

“Birshus HaRav.” With these two words, Rabbi Chaim Wasserman, zt”l, signaled to his synagogue and community the beginning of a new era for his kehilla. It was Parshas Re’eh in 2005, and I was sitting at a seudah shlishit during a “transition Shabbos” that celebrated the legacy of Rabbi Wasserman’s outgoing tenure, and


Ben & Jerry’s Leaves Us With a Bad Taste

In what continues to be a communal and legal embarrassment, Ben & Jerry’s antisemitic push to stop selling its ice cream in Judea and Samaria continues to cause “Eskimo brain freeze,” i.e., a sudden headache, for all those who used to love Chubby Hubby, Cherry Garcia or New York Super Fudge Chunk.


Congrats to Our Jewish Link Rockower Award Winners!

This past week, we were sorry our senior staff members couldn’t hop on a plane to Atlanta to shep nachas for our having received three awards—our best showing ever—at the American Jewish Press Association’s Simon Rockower Awards presentation (for work done in 2021), part of the AJPA annual conference. These “Jewish


Rabbi Chaim Wasserman, zt”l

It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of the Rabbi Emeritus of the Young Israel of Passaic Clifton, HaRav Chaim Wasserman, zt”l.

Beloved husband of Rebbetzin Leah Wasserman and beloved father of Adina Mermelstein, Shmuel Wasserman, a”h, Rabbi Daniel Wasserman and Hillel


A Jewish Link Hiking and Marriage Story

Although I said I wouldn’t be writing much until after our family’s wedding, I realized again late on deadline day that I have been carrying around a special story to share with our readers that I believe you will enjoy.

I am often approached at events, in shul or on the street by our readers who


A Win for Anti-BDS Advocates: Morningstar Admits Downgrading Israel in Ratings Tool

In a time in which there has been a dizzying array of setbacks when it comes to fighting those who pursue hatred of Jews and Israel, it is good to see a well-fought victory. Morningstar, a Chicago-based multibillion-dollar investment research firm that recommends companies based on a wide variety of indexing tools, told investors it dropped


A Whirlwind Few Weeks Leading Up to Shavuot

I meant to write last week but unfortunately fell far behind and found myself late on last deadline day with no column, again. I told my editors that I would definitely write for the big, mega-Shavuot edition. With multitudinous and seemingly never-ending preparations coming up in advance of our daughter’s wedding in a few


Sorry to See Rep. Pascrell Join ‘Delegitimization of Israel’ Movement

The (edited) text of an email The Jewish Link received this week:

“Jews are murdered savagely with axes by Palestinians in a central town of El-Ad in Israel, and there is no investigation by the world’s media, by Congress, by the UN, or by the International Criminal Court.


Fighting Jew-Hatred as Winners, Not Victims

Is it possible that our fight against antisemitism has become so loud and alarmist that it could backfire and become counterproductive?

We rarely ask this question, perhaps because the imperative of fighting Jew-hatred seems so obvious. Why would anyone question it?


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


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


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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