Saturday, January 28, 2023


Facing the Loss of Torah Giants and Leaders

With so very much happening in the world: elections, pandemics, vaccines, to name just a few; it was with dizzying shock that many in our community simply stopped in their tracks upon hearing of the passing of our rebbeim, our teachers: Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, zt’’l and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt’’l. Some of us have yet to wrap


The Winner Is…America!

We at The Jewish Link have tried to be as even-handed as possible throughout this very long and stressful pandemic-era election. Temperatures have run high, and we don’t just refer to COVID-19. When we printed cover analyses of Israel-based olah Caroline Glick the week before last—because our bipartisan editorial team agreed


‘When You Vote, Legislators Take Note!’

Presidential election years are always fraught with back-and-forth emotions, drama and passionate debates. 2020 is, quite frankly, no different.

However, let's set aside the ideas that New Jersey is not a presidential battleground state, or that you don’t like either candidate, or that you are “too


A Shabbat Shuva Inspiration: The Literal Walking Miracle of Micah Kaufman

This past Shabbat Shuva I was davening Musaf outdoors with my shul’s youth minyan when I got a tap on my shoulder from a walking miracle. I know that doesn’t happen to most people every day or ever, and certainly not on any average weekend in Teaneck. The walking miracle was my friend Micah Kaufman.


Asking Hashem for Rachmanut (Mercy)

As we gather to in shul to do teshuva on Yom Kippur, how can we ask Hashem to have mercy, rachmanut, on us?

A beautiful example came from a video circulated this week (  https://tinyurl.com/yyzuzagb)about the miraculous refuah of


The Jewish Link Says Shana Tova to NYC!

Expanding distribution and editorial coverage to Manhattan.

As we welcome a new year, we also welcome another moment of growth and expansion for The Jewish Link. For some time now, we have covered occasional stories originating in Manhattan. There is an incredible amount of carryover


It Should Be a Good Year...and a Sweet Year, Too

There is a short dvar Torah that is a favorite of mine that I like to share when given the chance during the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, the time when we begin and end many of our discussions, calls, emails and even texts with references to the upcoming Yamim Noraim and we wish our friends, family and business associates a Shana Tova


‘Draw’ Up a Chair: Introducing a New Jewish Link Feature

Not many outside of my close family know this fact, but I am a longtime fan, to this day, of cartoons and comics. Time permitting, I still enjoy quickly perusing the strips in the local paper that arrives daily to our home and I still find things to smile at, and occasionally, even to laugh aloud to strips ranging from the classic Peanuts


Smiling Under Our Masks

The pandemic continues to take its toll on all of us, but one thing remains clear: our community’s children must continue their education. For Jews, education is not just what we do, but who we are at our cores, and the true reason for our survival as a nation.

While the public schools in much of our


Memories of My Upper West Side

In the mid-2000s I lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, at the corner of 80th and Amsterdam. Giuliani’s New York, which was characterized by aggressive policing of low-level crimes, was well scrubbed and largely entirely safe for a woman to walk alone at night. A twinkly-lighted Upper West Side was captured by Nora Ephron in her 1998


Thank You for a Special Summer! Special Thanks to HASC, Mesorah & Yachad!

“Mommy, are people still wearing masks?” This was the first question our youngest son asked when he got off the bus this past week after a few weeks in the protected “bubble” of a shortened Camp Mesorah summer season. Unfortunately, we had to tell him the answer was yes, we are all still wearing masks.


A Moment for Our Daf Yomi Warriors

It’s been an astounding, shocking, frightening 157 days. Daf Yomi learners began Masechet Shabbat, the second book in the 14th Daf Yomi cycle, on March 8. Let’s just pause a second to let that date sink in.

On March 8, 2020, our shuls and schools were open and vibrant. We didn’t wear masks, unless

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