Thursday, April 15, 2021


Our COVID-19 Experiences and a Note of Gratitude

Eric and I were married in November 2019 at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park, in the presence of all of the people we love and cherish. We thought it was truly amazing that we came together, because neither of us had any idea that our initial meeting would lead to our future as man and wife. (Eric often jokes that the


Breakfast of Champions: Zachary Root’s Cereal Challenge

Ready for some blindfolded breakfast? The Root family is challenging you to try the Cereal Challenge to raise awareness for their son’s condition. Zachary Root, an 8-year-old boy from North Caldwell, was diagnosed at age 3 with an Ashkenazi inherited syndrome, Usher 1F. Usher Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes


Hike Pyramid Mountain in Morris County

This four-mile, easy-to-moderate hike in Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Morris County runs along a scenic reservoir, goes by two unusual glacial erratics—Tripod Rock and Bear Rock—and reaches two panoramic viewpoints. The hike should take about three hours, and dogs are permitted on leash. A map is


Am I Being Too Picky?

Dear Dr. Chani,

After several years of dating, I still haven’t found “Mr. Right.” When I look back at the many guys I’ve dated, I know there were a few who had potential. Unfortunately, I rejected them after one or two dates without giving them much of a chance. They are no longer available or


Yaakov Shwekey Honors “COVID Bar Mitzvah Boys” With New Song!

In early October, Yaakov Klugman approached his longtime friend, Yaakov Shwekey, requesting a brand new song in honor of his son Yehuda’s upcoming bar mitzvah. Renowned composer Yitzy Waldner wrote a moving song, Hamalach, which Shwekey, joined by Klugman, performed for the family and guests


Chol Hamoed Travel Guide

Please enjoy The Jewish Link’s updated guide to help you enjoy Chol Hamoed to its fullest.
Chol Hamoed dates: Tuesday through Friday, March 30 - April 2.

Three great events are happening that will need to be reserved ASAP:

  • NCSY

CBY Youth to Set Sail On Chol Hamoed

Join the Bnai Yeshurun DFZ’L youth department for an inspirational and exciting Chol Hamoed adventure! Set sail across the Hudson on a privately chartered boat with incredible tour guides, accompanied by the renowned children’s book author Chana Stiefel. Learn about what true freedom means as we celebrate Zman Cheiruteinu and hear Chana


Having your say in The Link

Having your say with Yali Elkin Photographed by David Beyda

On parashat Tzav:

The כהן gets dressed and clears away the ashes from the previous day's עבודה. Why does the תורה insist that he be in full


Baruch Hashem, We Are Alive

It has definitely been the year of years! I doubt that any of us will ever forget this sudden transition from behaving and interacting the way that we always did to the total devastation and isolation that many of us have felt over the past 12 months. I feel guilty when I remember the onset of this plague and my thoughts that people were


Corona and Divorce: Fact and Fiction

Hardly a day goes by without someone asking me about the impact of COVID on divorces. Whether out of humor (and isn’t there truth to every joke?), or having read an article about the sharp increase of divorces in China after quarantine and court openings, there was (and maybe still is) a feeling that couples forced to live together


Unanswered Pesach Questions We All Ask, But Not Out Loud

What day of the week does Pesach start, again?—What’s wrong with the vacuum cleaner?—How long has this one pickle been in the back of the fridge?—Why are there so many pens in the minivan?—What if I sold my car for Pesach and just rented one for Chol Hamoed?

How come before Pesach, it’s OK to


Kid Categories

During the Passover Seder, one of the highlights is the reading of the four questions. In most Haggadahs, the four questions are attributed to four types of children including the wise, evil, simple and clueless. However, not every child neatly fits into these four categories. Some require more nuanced classifications to properly capture