Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Marvelous Mel

Last week, the Jewish world lost another legend, Mel Reisfield, z”l, the man who made Israeli dancing cool.

Mel may be known best for his work at Camp Tel Yehudah, a Jewish sleepaway camp in Upstate New York. The camp is part of Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement, and Mel helped the movement stay


Winter Break 2021 Guide

For those of you who will be staying home this year during Yeshiva Week, The Jewish Link has put together a COVID-cautious guide to help you safely enjoy some local activities that are open during that time. Please note that almost every activity or destination requires a reservation in advance.



On the Fast Track: Parshat Bo

From this week’s Torah portion:

It’s a good trick to know how to be quick. In this week’s Torah portion, God takes Jewish people out of Egyptian slavery so fast that they don’t even have time to make regular bread. To remember this miracle, the Torah tells us to make the matzah for each Passover


Fast Talking Teacher

Dear Shayna,

I just want to start off with I love your advice column and I especially love your face jewelry!!!

I have a problem. My Navi teacher won’t slow down! Nobody can get down notes because she speeds through the entire perek! We are going to have a test soon


Trading or Investing: What’s the Difference?

When you’re thinking of creating a financial portfolio for the first time, it can feel like you have thousands of important questions to answer. You need to figure out what you’re going to be spending your money on, how much you can afford to spend, and so much more. However,


Lessons From a Shameful Protest

Wednesday, January 6, was a difficult day for the citizens of the United States of America. In truth, the past year has been filled with troubling events—riots, lootings and shootings. Each act of violence is despicable and should not be tolerated. Nonetheless, in my opinion, there was something more upsetting about the violent protest in


Remembering Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin, zt”l

On the ninth of Tevet, December 24, 2020, the Jewish community suffered yet another great loss in the passing of Rav Yehuda Herzl Henkin zt”l, in Yerushalayim at the age of 75. He was the grandson of the illustrious Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin zt”l, one of the foremost poskim of the 20th century, from whom he received one of his


America Needs Healing, Not More Partisan Warfare

When any new president is sworn in, patriotic Americans should regard the sacred ritual of democracy with the same thought in mind, no matter whether they voted for the person taking the oath. Even in this most hyperpartisan moment in living memory, we should all wish President-elect Joe Biden success. More to the point, we should equally


GrowTorah Seeded by Covenant Ignition Grant

“All of this I have created for you; therefore, take great care that you do not damage and destroy My world, for if you do, there is no one else to put (it) right” (Kohelet Rabbah 7:13:1).

Inspired by many Torah sources, Yosef Gillers, founder and co-director of GrowTorah, cited this pasuk


Coming Full Circle: A Sibling’s Story

For as long as I can remember, I knew my brother wasn’t like other kids his age. There was something very special but different about him. Avi is only 20 months younger than me, but as I grew and matured, he lagged behind. Even so, we were always very close: goofy, sweet Avi and his protective older


Overcoming Setbacks

Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book “Lessons in Leadership.” The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekly essays so that people all around the world can keep on learning and finding inspiration in his Torah.


Yeravam ben Nevat and No Breakfast Before Shacharit

A Strange Connection

There seems to be little or no connection between Sefer Melachim arch-villain Yeravam ben Nevat and the prohibition to eat before breakfast. Yet, the Gemara (Brachot 10b; its slightly emended William Davidson Talmud translation appears below) insists that there is