Friday, August 06, 2021


Nachamu, Nachamu

Highlighting: “Mesilah L’Elokeinu, The Path Forward” *

The double “Nachamu, Nachamu” is significant. Most of the midrashim, for example, Midrash Tanchuma, comments on “Nachamu, Nachamu” that the word nachamu is said twice because all the calamities and all the sins


Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Reviewing: “It Kept Us Alive: Humor in the Holocaust,” by Chaya Ostrower. Yad Vashem Publications. 2014. 440 pgs. $58. ISBN-10: 9653084763.

In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Chaya Ostrower, senior lecturer at the Beit Berl Academic College in Israel, documents how Jews in


Why Did the British Support ‘The Establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish People’?

The Balfour Declaration, November 2, 1917

The Balfour Declaration, sent by British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour in a letter to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, on November 2,1917 read: “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the


Bias in the Skies: Can Passengers Sue Airlines for Religious Discrimination?

Recently there have been a number of incidents of Orthodox Jews being removed from airplanes by airline staff, allegedly because one or more of these passengers were not wearing masks. Many of these passengers have publicly disputed the airlines’ accounts. In one recent case, the passengers who were removed claim that the only


Never Too Old to Be Lifted by the Young

I sat totally mesmerized as I watched the “Kumzitz of the World,” which takes place each year at the Kotel on Tisha B’Av under the leadership of the rebbeim partaking in the NCSY Kollel Summer program. I have to admit that this year I had an ulterior motive in watching it as I was looking to see our grandson, Ari Hagler, amidst the


Spotlight on: Charyn Atlas of Edison

You may have read about prior Jewish Link SuperFans and thought, “Wow now that’s an avid reader of the newspaper,” or, “It’s incredible the different ways he/she makes use of the publication,” or “I can’t believe how often that guy writes letters to the paper.” But it’s safe to say that few rival Charyn


Camp Seneca: Fun and Safe Even During COVID

When COVID-19 first struck, there was one question many families, especially those with kids, were asking: Will there be camp? After a long, difficult year of school, young teens look forward to time away from home with their friends at a fun-filled, homework-free camp. Unfortunately, many summer camps closed last season due to the ongoing pandemic.


Hike Turkey Mountain at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area

This five-mile moderate hike in Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Morris County passes an old quarry and a waterfall, reaches a panoramic viewpoint and continues to the interesting ruins of a stone cabin. The hike explores the lesser-used Turkey Mountain, on the eastern side of


Where’s the Wedding?!

So you’re getting married this month! Mazel tov!

Unfortunately, everyone’s getting married this month, baruch Hashem, except for the people who are already married, and all the halls are booked. So you have to get creative.

Fortunately, I’ve come across a lot of


Beis Ball

It was recently reported that two Orthodox Jewish baseball players, Jacob Steinmetz and Elie Kligman, were selected in this year’s draft for Major League Baseball. Before Steinmetz and Kligman take the field, their families would be wise to bone up on baseball terminology, which sometimes can be confusing to those coming from the Jewish


Parsha Va’etchanan

Carrot Muffins

In this week’s parsha, Moshe speaks to everyone in the land before they enter Israel. An important thing is that seeing is much more important than hearing and Moshe was the first one to see Hashem (in the burning bush). That’s why we will be making carrot


Do You Like Sports?

Dear Shayna B.,

I like to play sports. My friends don’t love sports so l can’t play with them. Sometimes the boys are nice enough to let me play. I love playing sports though so I would love for you to help me figure this out.


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