Friday, March 31, 2023


Elul: We’ve All Got Work to Do

The summer is ending, even if the heat and humidity remain for a time. Our children will head back to school after Labor Day next week.

It’s been a summer season of drama for our country. We watched as our two major political parties held nominating conventions, placing the Republican business tycoon Donald Trump against the former first lady, New York


Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, z”l

Last Yom Kippur, the Ribono Shel Olam decreed that one of the world’s most outstanding advocates for hope, forgiveness and return would complete her lifelong mission.

Rabbi Esther Jungreis left us at 80 years old on Tuesday, a matter of days before we enter the Hebrew month of Elul, when we


Entering Uncharted Waters With Teens

It’s an interesting phenomenon that when a couple has a baby, everyone warns them about the impending sleepless nights, possible colic, bottle versus breastfeeding, appropriate car seats and more. However, not one of those well-meaning friends or relatives ever warns them about what comes next. Not nextas in


Rep. Scott Garrett Readies for General Election Fight

Hackensack—Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), whose district encompasses most of Bergen County and portions of Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties, is facing the most well-funded general election challenge since his first win in 2002. As he seeks his eighth term in Congress, he sat down with The Jewish Link at the


Christie’s Important Anti-BDS Signing

On Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that all New Jersey Jewish residents can agree to laud. New Jersey bill S1923 will prohibit any of the state’s pension and annuity funds from being invested in companies that would boycott Israel or Israeli businesses or have any part of the destructive Boycott, Divestment and


Teaching Our Children to Await the Temple

Our children are watching, listening and learning. Because Tisha B’Av falls in the summer, we would argue that children learn more about the tenor of the day from their parents than from any other source.

We can worry out loud about the discomfort of the fast. We can compare it to the difficult day of


The Pope’s Missed Chance

The revered Pope Francis was uniquely positioned to take a stronger stance on a brutal act of terrorism when he visited Auschwitz last week. He saw for himself how unthinkable crimes against a particular people of faith, in this case the Jews, were caused by the Nazis’ feverish urgency to exterminate the Jews. The pope’s only comments


Reflecting on My 25th High School Reunion

Earlier this week, I attended what I consider to be a major life event. With nearly 40 of my former high school classmates, we met in Midtown Manhattan to reconnect, see each other, catch up, network a bit and just generally be with each other a quarter century later as members of the class of 1991 from MTA—The Marsha


The ‘Red’ Flag of Philadelphia

When the gavel closes out this year’s Democratic National Convention, with just over 100 days remaining until November 8’s general election, the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will come at one another like two prize fighters throwing punches at the sound of the bell.


Appreciate Those Who Protect Us

We all likely know someone who serves as a volunteer for TVAC, Hatzolah, CSS or even a neighborhood watch program. Perhaps you are one of the men and women who choose to be a trained first responder or an important “extra” set of eyes for local police and security agencies. There are rabbis across the country who gladly serve as needed chaplains as a way to give


Why I Make Project Ezrah Part of My Purim Day

When I was a child, I would hop out of the car with one of my mother’s brightly colored Purim baskets and run up to the houses of our family friends. It was always fun to ring a doorbell and bestow this special, joyful gift. Perhaps my costume was admired, or maybe I was patted on the head, but more than likely I was greeted with a grin


Raising the Bar of Debate and Disagreement

It hardly can go unnoticed that several of the Letters to the Editor published in recent editions of the Jewish Link indicate that there is squabbling and public second guessing going on between both incumbent and would-be Teaneck office holders, as well as community critics whose personal perspectives or allegiances are unknown or

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