Thursday, June 04, 2020


Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, z”l

Editor's note: The Jewish Link was saddened to hear of the petira of Rabbi Lamm early this week. Rabbi Fridman provided just one of several appreciations we received. Please read all the early tributes on pages 60 and 61.

As is well known, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, z"l, served as past president and


Outrage Over the Murder of George Floyd Doesn’t Justify Intersectional Myths

The outrageous murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, in Minneapolis by local police is a crime that cannot be tolerated or excused. Efforts by extremist agitators to hijack peaceful demonstrations and turn them into violent riots should also be condemned and not falsely rationalized as a form of legitimate protest or


Standing Together for Justice in W. Orange

Miriam Gardin (r) of West Orange and her daughter, Thea, join a peaceful protest in the township on Tuesday, June 2. 


Can We Keep the Focus on George Floyd’s Killer?

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who dug his knee into Floyd’s neck, feels all too familiar. Like Eric Garner in New York, Floyd cried out, “I can’t breathe.” As with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, riots ensued. Floyd’s death also occurred not far from where an unarmed Philando


Our Legacy to Our Jewish Future: A Zoom Miracle

It was a beautiful conclusion to a great Torah learning session. It seemed as if Hashem said, “The rabbi did his part, the students did theirs, and now I will participate as well.”

Amid a deep dive into Sefer Daniel with my Torah Academy of Bergen County students, we focused on Chanania, Mishael and


Shimshon and What Might Have Been

Parshat Naso

“The Man Who Could Be King” would make a fitting title for the story of Shimshon HaGibor, a story that begins in the 13th perek of Shoftim, the haftarah for this week. Using the laws of the nazir that are found in our parsha as the connective thread, Chazal chose the story of the birth


Don’t Break the Chain

I like to think I’m a sensitive person. When I hear someone is having trouble it bothers me. When I see an ambulance I say some Tehillim and I try to daven for others in my Shemoneh Esrei. I’m not alone. Klal Yisrael is known for its ability to unite and empathize with each other.

So many times


The Story of the Initial Dead Sea Scroll Finds

I thought it would be interesting to tell the story of how the first Dead Sea scrolls came to light. I am basing this on a summary in a book by Hershel Shanks, “The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (1998). (There are surely accounts by others with slightly different details.) I will tell the story in two separate


Disparate Acts, Over Decades, Lead to Enriched Jewish Lives

On an early summer Sunday morning in 1972, George Blank attended a lecture given by a young, red-headed rabbi named Adin Steinsaltz at Temple Shalom, a Conservative congregation in Bridgewater, New Jersey. In 2004, and again in 2008, MD&DI (Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry) magazine identified George as one of the 100 most notable


A Tribute to Rabbi Lamm, z”l

I recall a very special, although at the time nerve-wracking, interaction I had with Rabbi Lamm, zt”l. I was the gabbai of the Rubin Shul Shabbat minyan. I had worked very hard to get Rabbi Lamm to join us one Shabbat morning instead of going to YU’s main beit midrash as he typically did on the occasions he spent Shabbat at YU.


In Memory of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, z”l: A Personal Reflection

I met Dr. Lamm in Israel in the summer of 1977. Dr. Lamm was staying at the same hotel as my parents in Yerushalayim when they came to visit me during my year at BMT. At breakfast just a few tables away, Dr. Lamm was sitting reading The Jerusalem Post. I remember my father took me to say hello to him. In a short conversation, Rabbi


‘Shavuot-to-Go’ Packages Bring Some Cheer

The West Orange/Livingston Chesed Committee provided more than 200 “Shavuot to Go” meals for the community. The packages included four beautifully presented meals, with the dairy catered by Jerusalem Restaurant and the meat by Shimon Nissel/Shimtal Catering. The teen volunteer group, Deliver Together, helped distribute