Thursday, February 02, 2023


Dora Golding Campers Look Back and Look Ahead

East Stroudsburg, PA—It was quite an unusual sight on the last day of this year’s camp season. Campers at Camp Dora Golding were straining their necks to look back and catch one more glimpse as they boarded the buses home, marking the end of the camp season. Many deep breaths were also taken


MVP Boys 2015 Recap

MVP, the premier Jewish Orthodox Boys Basketball Camp at Camp Seneca Lake, under the direction of Irv Bader and Judah Rhine, celebrated its seventh consecutive season of record-breaking registration and enrollment. Over 220 MVP players—4 divisions, 32 teams—participated, and over 145 games were played over the course


CMEK End of Summer Slam Jam Camp

CMEK concluded the summer with the post-season Slam Jam Camp at BPY. Boys and girls participated in separate divisions from Pre-K - Grade 8. All of the local schools were represented in the camp. The CMEK coaches were assisted by high school student athletes from Frisch and Ramaz.

The camp


Ways to Strengthen Torah and Zechusim

Strengthening the Torah of Kollel Chatzos and bringing zechusim and bracha to klal Yisrael are the ultimate objectives for the administrators of Kollel Chatzos. It is for this reason that the women of Kollel Chatzos were recently lauded with a well-deserved evening of chizuk and appreciation at a special event held in their honor.


A Message From the International Beit Din

In the event a couple is unable to settle their marital differences by themselves or with the assistance of a mediator, the IBD  will address all marriage matters including the dividing up of marital assets, spousal and child support as well as parenting arrangements.

From time to


Advising Against the Use of the International Beit Din: A Translated Letter From Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Shlita

Editor’s Note: The recent publication on Torahweb.org of a letter  by Yeshiva University Rosh Yeshiva Rav Hershel Schachter, shlita, criticized the work of the International Beit Din and advised all not to rely on their rulings, and for any associated rabbanim to resign. The original was printed in Hebrew and is available here:


Response to Rav Schachter’s Criticism of the International Beit Din on Torahweb.org

Rav Hershel Schachter’s public letter of protestagainst the International Beit Din (IBD)—also signed by Rav Gedalia Dov Schwartz,


Looking Back on a Summer Internship at the Jewish Link

There is no question that this is the most difficult piece I have been assigned to write for the Jewish Link all summer. It is more challenging than writing about college applications or bat mitzvahs, for summing up my summer internship in just a few paragraphs seems to be a nearly impossible feat.


Ki Tavo: First-World Tochachos

Devarim 28:1-69

Hello, and thank you for joining me for the Maggid of Bergenfield this week. In honor of the brachaand klala, the blessing and curse, that this week’s parsha contains, I have decided to bless my readers with abundance, and perhaps to chastise my non-readers, just a


Making Sense of Shemitat Kesafim and Prozbol

It seems to make no sense. Why does Hashem want loans to be canceled at the end of the Shemitah year? There are no free lunches in life—why does the borrower receive a free pass and not have to repay his loan? Moreover, why does the Torah condemn one who refuses to extend a loan towards the end of the seventh year in anticipation


Who Is a Jew and How Do We Know?

Rabbi Dr. Bernard Illowy (1812-1875), a student of the illustrious Rabbi Moshe Sofer (the Chasam Sofer) of Pressburg and recipient of a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Budapest, served as one of the few learned members of the American Orthodox rabbinate in the United States in the mid-18th century. Forced to flee Europe


My Two Cents to the Feminism and Women’s Talmud Discussion

It’s amazing how much one can miss while being away in camp. Nestled away in the mountains (either the Catskills or somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania), those of us attending our valued Jewish sleepaway camps gain a wealth of memories and experience… but miss out on a lot of the latest news and happenings while

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