Friday, May 20, 2022


My Son and Daughter-in-Law Chose to Marry Even Though They Both Carry a Genetic Disorder

My recent article “The Girl I Am Dating Just Told Me She is a Carrier for a Genetic Disorder” received different responses. These are two letters I received. The first was sent to give support to a couple who are carriers for the same genetic disorder and are considering marrying one another. The second letter was sent to


Don’t Just Say Ani Maamin; Live Ani Maamin

Highlighting: “Ani Maamin: A Mission for Life. Understanding the Rambam’s 13 Ikkarim and Bringing Them Into Our Lives” by Rabbi Yechezkel Elias. ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications. 2022. English. Hardcover. 320 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1422631645.

(Courtesy of


Someone Wrote in This One!

I’d have to say that the main thing that I found, during my first-ever book signing event recently, was that people didn’t really understand why it was so important that I signed their books. As I was reading a selection aloud, I could hear people asking each other, “What’s he doing behind that table?”


Jewish Link Memes of the Week

Send your best memes to us on Instagram @jewishlinknews 


Pure Motivation

Leading Shabbat groups can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time. Talia and Aliza found themselves in this exact situation, which is why they were thankful to have Morah Eliana Wiener to help. Morah Wiener was the youth director at Shaarei Bamba and was world-famous (OK, maybe neighborhood-famous) for her ability to train and


Don’t Be a Sheep. Be a Lion.

Dear Shayna B.,

I always loved animals and recently I found a summer program that lets me spend time observing and interacting with them. It seems like a really special opportunity. My problem is that it’s something different that I’ve never done before and I don’t know anyone who has. It’s kind


Jewish Students Targeted at Rutgers

Despite stepped-up police patrols at the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity house, a student leader said he and other Jewish students do not feel safe on Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus.

The increased patrols are a reaction to an April 22 incident in which two cars of students,


What Does the Consensus About Backing Ukraine Mean?

In a wild Ohio Senate Republican primary, there appears to be only one issue that separates the two leading contenders. On the one hand, Josh Mandel, the former Ohio State treasurer, is part of what appears to be a bipartisan consensus in favor of deepening the U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine against the illegal Russian


From Priest to People

Something fundamental happens at the beginning of this parsha, and the story is one of the greatest, if rarely acknowledged, contributions of Judaism to the world.

Until now, Vayikra has been largely about sacrifices, purity, the Sanctuary and the Priesthood. It has been, in short, about a holy


The Great Reishit Tzemichat Geulatenu Debate

A large Religious Zionist congregation in North America slightly amends the standard text of the blessing for the State of Israel authored by Rav Yitzchak Herzog and Rav Ben Zion Hai Uzziel, the chief rabbis of Medinat Yisrael at the time of its founding in 1948. Instead of describing Medinat Yisrael as “reishit tzemichat geulateinu”


Unpacking the Process

The great tzadik of Yerushalayim, Rav Aryeh Levin, zt”l, was the paradigm of kindness, holiness and righteousness. He was a beloved sage who radiated ahavas habrios, “love of all beings,” exemplified a life of Toras chesed, earning the trust and respect of Jews from all walks of life.

In the early


Why Are We Special?

Parshat Kedoshim

The Book of Vayikra revolves around “Mikdash,” the Temple and Mishkan, beginning with the laws of korbanot (offered in the Mikdash), continuing (in Parshat Shemini) with the laws of tumah and tahara (who may/may not enter the Mikdash) and, starting with today’s parshiyot, the

Sign up now!