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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
(Note: It’s election time in Teaneck, where just under half of The Jewish Link readership lives and where we currently deliver our newspaper via free home delivery, to nearly 4,000 households.)
By the time you read this, all Teaneck homes and voters should have received by mail—I hope—the ballots for the upcoming town council election.
The coronavirus pandemic has enabled us to see certain things more clearly. We see who and what are truly essential to us, and what we can do without. We certainly miss being together with those we love, we miss going to shul and davening b’tzibur, and our kids miss all their activities, even—and slightly ironically—going to school.
There is no doubt that we are in the fight of our lives. If the virus hasn’t gotten us directly, it has taken or affected someone we know. Sleeplessness, worry, terror and grief are our daily companions. As many among us, many close friends, prepare to get up from shiva alone to begin Pesach in unimaginable circumstances, others
Thank you and thank you again to the many who have emailed, called and messaged our publishers, our editors, our writers and our staff over the past few weeks to thank us for continuing to publish weekly in spite of the sweeping and drastic impact that the COVID-19/coronavirus has had upon nearly every aspect of our lives. While we always