Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Kosher to Go

The kosher food industry keeps getting bigger and bigger, no offense. There are new products coming out every day, and it’s hard to keep up. How does your store know that, for example, there’s a new kind of pareve corn dog? (They’re pareve because they’re not made out of real dog.) How does your school know that there’s


Dating Disasters

Dating is not easy. It can be abundantly awkward, especially a first date that begins to go south. Granted, plenty of happily married couples will regale you with stories of their disastrous first dates, which proves that even if a first date is the worst date, it may not be your last date with that person.


Dr. David and Rabbi Adam Nesenoff Open Tikvah Lake Recovery

(Courtesy of Tikvah Lake)With overdoses, substance abuse and many forms of addiction making national news, the Jewish community has not been spared from those tragic headlines. Statistics are growing dangerously, with few lasting solutions to a problem that affects all


My Stories

Part 3 (written 2004)

(Continued from last week)

Our School Years

My brother Herman was 14 months older than I. We were both born in Bad Homburg, a town near Frankfurt am Main, Herman in 1926 and I in 1927. He


Acheinu Yeshiva Holds Well-Attended Chanukas Habayis

“If I hadn’t witnessed it myself I would never have believed it! To think that teenagers who not too long ago were completely secular, now displaying a comprehensive knowledge of the entire Masechta Bava Metzia, including the most difficult parts of perek Eizehu Neshech on ribis, is simply beyond anything I could have


Ashley Blaker to Bring His Strictly Unorthodox Comedy Show to US

Ashley Blaker isn’t your average Orthodox Jewish man: He is also an internationally-acclaimed comedian.

In November 2015 he embarked on his first stand-up tour—Ungefiltered—which played to sellout audiences throughout the UK.

He started 2017 with his


To the Writer of the ‘Orthodox and LGBT’ Article

Editor's note: Rabbi Glick responds to the following article, published last week


Federation, RCBC & NJ Board of Rabbis Ally on Eruv

This week, the Jewish Federation shared with The Jewish Link what they called a “statement of principles regarding civil discourse in northern Bergen County.” In preparation since before the High Holiday season, the statement directly addresses the Bergen-Rockland eruv controversy, states unequivocally that


Sanhedrin 111

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.


This week we learned Sanhedrin 111. These are some highlights.

Sanhedrin 111: Should a


Chayei Sarah: The Sign

Bereishit: 24:12-18

“Can I get you anything, Rina?”

It was definitely a bad sign if the waiter at Mendy’s knows your name. It’s probably means that you’ve been there too often, and perhaps with too many different men.


Brachot on Tefillin at a Sephardic Beit Knesset

Is it one bracha or two brachot that men recite when wearing tefillin? It turns out that this is one of the differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazic practice, whose roots go back at least to the time of the Rishonim. Rashi, the Rif and the Rambam argue that in usual circumstances, only one bracha is recited. On the other hand,


What Is the Meaning of ‘Mishtaeh’? (Gen. 24:21)

This week’s parsha has a very interesting word: M-Sh-T-A-H. The entire phrase is: “ve-ha-ish mishtaeh lah.” The man is Eliezer and the “lah” refers to Rivkah. So what exactly is Eliezer doing? We will learn a lot about biblical Hebrew by attempting to decipher this word.

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