Saturday, June 03, 2023


Aleinu: A Rosh Hashanah Prayer That Migrated Into the Daily Service

Every Rosh Hashanah, many are puzzled by the flow of the Musaf Shemoneh Esrei, when Aleinusuddenly appears. After all, Aleinuis a prayer recited all year long at the conclusion of the daily services. Why does it suddenly appear in the middle of the Shemoneh Esreion Rosh Hashanah?


From Israel to Your Table: Harvesting the Holiness

Wine holds a special place in Jewish tradition. Whether to greet the Sabbath, to welcome a new baby into the fold, to bless the holy union of husband and wife, wine is a potent force in our communal life. The wine we use to mark our magic moments speaks volumes about our values.



Israeli Beekeepers Help Make New Year Sweeter for President and First Lady

Jerusalem—Beekeepers from across Israel delivered their honey products to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week in light of a festive event held at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem for the upcoming Jewish New Year.

A delegation of the Israeli Honey Council, which also


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

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