Sunday, January 24, 2021


What’s What With WhatsApp

A non-scientific estimate tells me that over 80% of Jewish Link readers use WhatsApp. WhatsApp has been in the news recently, with many stories, most of them negative, as their terms of service and privacy policies are changing, most specifically, that WhatsApp will be sharing data with Facebook, their parent company.


Thoughts on the Capitol Insurrection and the BLM Movement

I would like to explore politics and current events from my perspective as a frum progressive. I am liberal on many issues and know that the Jewish Link strives to hear voices from across the spectrum of our community. In the divisive political landscape that we have been living through essentially for more than a decade, one way to bring


Make Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Accessible to the Public in NJ

Law enforcement keeps Jewish communities in New Jersey safe. Our Jewish schools, shuls and community centers have developed good relationships with law enforcement, and we regularly express our appreciation to them for what they do for us. Our responsibility as citizens, though, includes working to address the inequities and systemic issues


No Place to Run

Let me begin by stating that the purpose of this article is not to reach across the aisle. Perhaps, please God, there will be a time for that in the future. But our country is too divided and our people are too angry right now to hear suggestions from the other side. So if you disagree, I understand and I am not offended.


Creating Safe Spaces

When I was in ninth grade, I had a classmate who was very effeminate and never liked engaging in sports or talking with the guys about the girls we had crushes on. We mercilessly teased him,  and otherwise made fun of him for what we felt were his sexual proclivities.

I don’t know if he actually


Supporting Our Own

We love to go out to eat, but circumstances do not always allow it. As a member of the Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies public Facebook group I am amazed by the amount of money that is being spent on eating out these days (now and prior to the pandemic). Quite likely if I had it we would do the same.



The Online Public Square and the Need for a New First Amendment

Alexandra Ocasio Cortez’s latest idea either shows her ignorance of the Constitution or perhaps more frighteningly, her lack of concern for its established bedrock freedom—particularly, the First Amendment. Cortez says she “and other members of Congress” (presumably the squad) are in discussions to initiate a “fact-checking


Jewish Link Readers Share Their Thoughts

The Jewish Link asked: What changes has the coronavirus prompted that you want to preserve?

Milton Erdfarb

Towards the end of February 2020 I wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t up to driving to my part-time job in Brooklyn, which could take an hour


Send Mishloach Manot/Matanot L’Evyonim To Jerusalem’s Impoverished Elderly

(Courtesy of Torat Reva Yerushalayim) Torat Reva Yerushalayim, a nonprofit organization based in Jerusalem, will once again be preparing mishloach manot/matanot l’evyonim packages, which will be delivered to the neglected and homebound elderly of Jerusalem. The packages will include healthy snacks, gifts and Purim treats.


In ‘The Man Across the River,’ A Grandfather Is Remembered and Imagined

Reviewing “The Man Across the River” by Zvi Wiesenfeld. Amsterdam Publishers 2021. Paperback. 154 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9493231061.

Zvi Wiesenfeld knew three incontrovertible facts about his beloved grandfather. He survived


Ungarbled (Baby) Tech

When you are in the IT world, technology is always evolving. The same technology we swore by five years ago is now hopelessly out of date. The engineers from my company roll their eyes when technology becomes quickly outdated and has been replaced by yet another version. When clients hear us say, “Yes, this Wi-Fi will last three years for


Grapefruits and Tuna Fish

Welcome to “How Should I Know?”—the Q&A column that the whole family can enjoy without wondering why it’s called that.

Dear Mordechai,

How did the grapefruit get its name? To me, it looks more like an orange, and has no resemblance whatsoever to a