Monday, November 28, 2022


Israelis Note Omission of Judaism in Met Exhibit on History of the Israeli Capital

New York—“Jerusalem 1000-1400, Every People Under Heaven,” reads the description of the latest temporary exhibit at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The line describes the significance of this city, holy to nearly every known faith. However, one people’s claim is sorely underrepresented in the history,


What Is Behind the Limud HaTorah and Limud Halacha Renaissance in Klal Yisrael?

Rabbanim have a unique perspective and often, as a result of their exposure to Yidden from all walks of life both in their kehillos and beyond, are able to notice changing trends in the community before many others.

Two prominent rabbanim, HaRav Yitzchok Zalman Gips, shlita, Rav of Beis Medrash


Bergenfield Girl’s Bat Mitzvah Project Raises Funds for Bet Elazraki Children’s Home

Ayelet Eizikovitz, an 11-year-old Bergenfield resident whose family belongs to Congregation Ohr HaTorah, will be going to Israel in a few months to celebrate her cousin Jared Moskowitz’s Bar Mitzvah. Since Ayelet will, God willing, be celebrating her own Bat Mitzvah in November, she wanted to do something while she is in


From Trash to Treasure—Transforming Your Furniture

Do you know when it is worth saving the sofa or dining room chairs you inherited from your grandmother, or when it is time to say goodbye? Are you keeping them for their sentimental value or does the furniture have intrinsic value? Can the sideboard be refinished or painted to work with your decor or is


Nachum Segal Goes Digital With the NSN App

When The Jewish Link first wrote about Nachum Segal leaving WFMU 91.1 in the mornings (Nachum Segal’s “JM in the AM” Radio Program Moves to Online-Only, Sept 22), readers learned the exciting news that JM in the AM is now JM 24-7. As the voice of Jewish radio, a steadfast friend of Israel and someone in the know with


On Chanukah, Enjoying the Strong Israel-Azerbaijan Relationship

I was fortunate to be invited to the Chanukah party co-hosted by the country of Azerbaijan and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations. The party, whose theme was freedom and diversity, took place at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on Wednesday evening, December


Bava Metzia 87 and 90

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 Bava Metzia 87 and 90. Here are some highlights.

Bava Metzia 87: Is


Chanukah: A Feminist Fable

“Daddy, can you tell me a story?”

“Sure, honey. What do you want it to be about?”

“Well, how about Chanukah?”

“That works, since it is Chanukah.”

“How about a story


A Call to Refrain From Racism in the Wake of the Shameful United Nations Security Council Resolution

It was the first meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and United States President Jimmy Carter that occurred in July 1977. At this momentous occasion, President Carter expressed his opposition to the establishment of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Prime Minister Begin responded (as recounted by Yehuda


The Ordinary Miracle

It was a miracle to me, although many would not agree. Three years ago I traveled to Israel with my daughter Tziporah for my nephew’s bar mitzvah. With so much to see together in a short period of time, we had to make some difficult choices. While visiting some very serious places as we all do in Israel, we decided to do


A Message for All Time

Parshat Miketz

The prophet Zecharya spread the word of Hashem to the returnees from the Babylonian exile at the beginning of the Second Commonwealth. He, together with his contemporary Chaggai, shared words of encouragement to the newly returned exiles who faced the challenge of resuscitating


Hebrew Word Contractions

Did you ever wonder where the Hebrew word machar(m,ch,r), tomorrow, comes from? Well, if you stare at it, you will realize that it may be a contraction of yom achar, the day after! So suggested the 19 th-century Biblical commentator S.D. Luzzatto.

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