Thursday, April 15, 2021


What Do the New Jersey Marijuana Regulations Mean?

In November, 2020, the voters of New Jersey by a significant majority decided in favor of the legalization of marijuana. Following the public’s decision to support the legalization of marijuana, the legislation that decriminalized cannabis use was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

The new laws,


Having your say in The Link

With Olga Segal Photographed by David Beyda

On love of the Torah:

When my kids were younger, I used to make parsha cakes for them weekly decorated with sweets to depict important themes and concepts from that week’s


Who Remembers Mae Schnoll Federbusch?

My memory of a family friend, Mae Federbusch, goes back generations to a foreign land, many years ago. Yet, my thoughts of Mae seem current and remain as a fixture in my mind.

Mae (Mamie) Federbusch (née Schnoll) was born in the 19th century. She lived to be 96,


Some Bonds Are Forever

Welcome to “How Should I Know?”—the column that’s trying its hardest to remember what we used to do with our time before we started spending it obsessively cleaning.

Dear Mordechai,

Do I have to remove all the things I put down to cover my kitchen surfaces, or


Lousy Leftovers

When Pesach ends, many Jews experience the Cinderella effect with respect to their uneaten kosher-for-Passover items. For many Jews, those brownies, cookies, kichel and mandel bread upon which many Jews relied during the chag have now become inedible. Like Cinderella’s carriage turned into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, your


Selfish Kindness

Every year, the middle school students at the Rockowitz Yeshiva Day School participated in chesed clubs. Each club lasted for two months, beginning and ending with a chesed trip. Before choosing their clubs, students listened to presentations from each teacher about his or her club. Afterwards, the middle schoolers filled out a form to


Planting Problems

Dear Shayna,

My problem is that in my science class, we all planted seeds as an experiment. But I’m terrible at gardening! Either I over-water my plant or I under-water it! It is SUPER embarrassing that my plant is the only one that doesn’t grow, when all the other plants are so tall! Do you have any


Who Is Behind the ‘Free The Agunah’ Movement?’

Dalia Oziel is a singer, songwriter and Instagram influencer who has apparently started a revolution in how the Jewish community responds to agunot. At one time, it was virtually impossible to speak about their dire situation. But now, the terrain has changed.

It is not a good time for people to


The Courage of Identity Crises

Rabbi Sacks, zt’’l, had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book ‘Lessons in Leadership.’

Good leaders know their own limits. They do not try to do it all themselves. They build teams. They create space for people who are strong where they are weak.


What’s Your Story?

Last year, after landing back in Israel from the United States, we traveled from the airport directly into quarantine. Along the way I was so sad to see empty highways and streets and closed stores… but in spite of it all—the Land of Israel.

While listening to the car radio, we noticed that all the


Learning From Our Children

We mentioned last week that the chag of Pesach is the most family oriented chag of the year— as the Seder night experience is often built upon family minhagim and quality family time.

We noted as well that the family-oriented nature of the seder is by design—it is built into the evening’s make-up


Grape Juice From Concentrate For Kiddush and the Arba Kosot

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s Surprising Ruling

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Teshuvot Minchat Shlomo 1:4) issues an unexpected ruling regarding grape juice made from concentrate. Rav Shlomo Zalman writes that making grape juice from concentrate first involves evaporating the juice’s