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….”
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.
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
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,
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
Every one of us seems to have had multiple copies of these books in our house. Whole shelves, even. A solid three generations of children and adults across the religious spectrum, from Haredi to ultra-Modern, have read and enjoyed the “Kids Speak” and “People Speak” series—books that have made us and our children feel less alone,
What ties together our communities the most, one can argue, is the varied and vibrant availability of fantastic learning opportunities. In an average Jewish Link-area shul, there are, at the very minimum, three to five quality shiurim available every Shabbat, and during the week opportunities abound as well, both in one’s local shul and
In our November 24 edition we printed an article, “2021 Shabbat Project Roars Back With Record Participation,” about the post-COVID Shabbat project, which saw a record 1,166 citywide “unity events,” in addition to thousands of private events across 1,511 cities worldwide. It brings us joy and hope for the future that so many Jews
It’s with great joy that many on our staff have been able to participate in and be recipients of even more pictures and videos of the many festive outdoor Chanukah events this year, in virtually every community we represent. We hope that all celebrations will continue with great joy, safety and security throughout the weekend.
The photos and videos on social media about the kind, good, love-filled life of Eliyahu David Kay, HY”D, are searing. Taken in a terror attack in the Old City this past Sunday, this smiling 26-year-old South African Jew was clearly loved by a huge family and a strong fiancée, Jen Schiff. Now he is loved, heartbreakingly, by all who love
I got my traditional pre-Chanukah call from Rabbi Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom this past Sunday night. He was calling to invite me to participate in my annual trip to join him on one of the 141 menorah lightings that he does throughout the tristate area in public locations and areas such as all our local airports,