Monday, June 05, 2023


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


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


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


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,


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….”


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.


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


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,


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


An Author Leaves Us Speechless

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,


Mazel Tov to Our Mishna Yomi Learners!

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


Taking a Breath on Shabbat

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

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