Sunday, October 24, 2021


Very Fishy

I don’t like fish.

Well, that’s not really true. I enjoy watching fish swimming around and I find them to be fascinating. But that’s while they are alive. Once they are dead, I don’t like them anymore, especially not on my plate.

What? You don’t eat gefilte


Insights Into Anim Zemiros

I am basing this column in large part on the book “Anim Zemiros” (2020) by Rabbi Elchanan Adler, a rosh yeshiva at RIETS. (This book is a revision of his previous book in Hebrew on the same topic.) It is a “must read” for anyone interested in this poem.

A well-known poem is Shir HaYichud. This


The Imperative for an Additional Type of SEL: Spiritual Emunah Learning

There has been much focus in the past months on the importance of SEL—social emotional learning—to support our children during this pandemic. Many schools who did not normally have a scheduled SEL program in place began implementing one last year. While we have had a weekly advisory program focusing on social emotional skills in my


My ‘Chavrusa,’ Rav Tendler

The Talmud records an opinion that Moshe Rabbeinu wrote the final words of the Torah in tears (Menachot 30a and Bava Batra 15a). And while only Moshe Rabbeinu could have the benefit of God dictating the words to him when he lacked composure, I pray that God will help guide my hand to


A Tribute to My Father, Rabbi Melvin Burg, z”l

I cannot begin to express the gratitude that I have to all of you. As my father’s passing was sudden, all of you extended the most beautiful thoughts and wishes to my family. I apologize for not being able to respond to each and every one of you as I wish I could have. The sheer volume of emails, calls and WhatsApp messages was


Broad Shoulders: A Tribute to Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler, zt”l

I didn’t know Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler, of blessed memory, very well. I met him personally three, maybe four, times. There are certainly many of his students and colleagues who are better suited to write a tribute to him than I am … and, in fact, many of these tributes appeared in last week’s issue of The Jewish Link.


Two Good Quick Reads

“Seventy Conversations in Transit with Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik” by Rabbi Dr. Aron Adler. Urim Publications. 2021. English. Hardcover.
179 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1602804241.

“Intention in Talmudic Law: Between Thought and Deed” by Shana Strauch Schick.


Book Meshuggenahs Launch Second Annual ‘Be a Shamash’ Contest

The Book Meshuggenahs are thrilled to announce their second annual “Be a Shamash” contest, which will run from October 3-November 18. This contest is inspired by the words of Rabbi David Wolpe, who said: “The Shamash is the candle that lights the others. Be a Shamash.”

To enter, email a photo and


Springfield’s Sam Alexander Bikes to Raise Funds for ALYN

Dozens of supporters of an Israeli pediatric rehabilitation hospital will gather along the Eastern Shore of Maryland October 24-26 for a charity bike ride to raise funds for the care of children with a wide range of physical disabilities, both acquired and congenital.


Spotlight on Judah Marcus of Basking Ridge, NJ

Judah Marcus has sterling credentials as a Jewish Link SuperFan that few others can rival.

Marcus, who lives with his mother, father, sister and brother in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is currently a 10th grader at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (RKYHS) in Livingston. Since he started attending a


Teaneck Brothers Launch Free Dialysis Ride Service

It’s always inspiring when young people in the community take on a leadership role to initiate and fuel a project of chesed. Eitan and Elad Shushan learned of a specific need, to provide rides for people going to and from dialysis treatments. Then they worked to design and launch the ride service.


Jason Greenblatt Launches ‘The Diplomat’ Podcast With Newsweek

When former Trump aide and Teaneck resident Jason Greenblatt left the White House in 2019, he worked toward creating connections between businesses in Israel and the Gulf region—as it were, an “Abraham Venture.” Or at least that’s what he named his company, nearly an entire year before the signing of the Abraham

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