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Giving Thanks Through Tears

As we are drawn into the excitement of Thanksgiving, we remind ourselves that this same holiday is celebrated in Montreal on a Monday in October. Frequently it would coincide with either Sukkot or Simchat Torah and if not, other than giving people a free day, few would celebrate it.

This year,

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Blended Learning: A Solution to the Day School Tuition Crisis?

There has been much discussion lately about blended learning and its potential promise for day schools. Chana German, who directs the Lookstein Center’s Virtual Jewish Academy and Russel Neiss, director of educational technology at G-dcast, a website that disseminates educational Torah materials, are at the forefront of

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Setting a SMART Strategy

One of the most famous arguments between Bais Shammai and Bais Hillel relates to Chanukah. The debate centers on the sequence of the menorah lighting, as in whether it should be “top-down” (light a full eight lights on the first evening and then one fewer candle each successive night, the opinion of Bais Shammai) or “bottom-up” (the

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Insights From Bereshit

Part I

The Rambam, in his commentary on the Torah, repeatedly references the well-known truism, “ Ma’aseh avot siman lebanim—The actions of our forefathers are signposts for their children to follow.” Indeed, the lessons I learned from our Avot and Imahot, trailblazers in charting a

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Torah and Tepees: Comanche Friend of the Jews

Part I of III

“There’s nothing new under the sun.” We’ve heard those words of Koheleth so often in life that we assume they are an accurate description of reality. Readers of the Jewish Link in particular, well informed as they are of world affairs and up to date on the latest and newest

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An Open Letter to the RCA

I honestly understand why members of the Rabbinical Council of America were compelled to make another public statement on the matter of female clergy. Although I may not have done the same, I definitely get it. However, I feel compelled to write to you about one bothersome aspect of the most recent resolution.

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Classic Chazanut and Classic Masterpieces: Rinat’s Cantorial Concert

On Saturday evening, November 14, a cantorial concert was held at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck. The concert comprised cantorial classics performed by master chazanim. Cantor Yaakov Motzen and Cantor Yanky Lemmer performed magnificently, accompanied by the acclaimed and world famous cantorial accompanist, Cantor Daniel Gildar. Both

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Addressing Child Abuse in Our Community

Consider this rude awakening: Statistics indicate that approximately one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually assaulted before age 18. It may be tempting to believe that such abuse is far less prevalent in the Jewish community, but this is not the case. Data suggests that child sexual abuse occurs within the Jewish community at

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RCBC Supports JFS Regarding Abuse Allegations

The Rabbinical Council of Bergen County (RCBC) is deeply pained to learn of the allegations of abuse of a minor made against a member of our community who worked as a mental health professional. The crimes alleged represent not only violations of secular law, but also of some of our most basic halachos(Jewish laws) and ethical

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Vayetzei: Hanging Out

As Burt Sosovsky hung from the roof of his house in Allamuchy, New Jersey, holding on to the cold metal edge of the gutter for dear life, far from the ground, a few thoughts should have run through his mind.

He should have thought about his wife, Clara, urging him to call Gutter Busters to clear out the

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A Tribute to a Modest Hero

There is great excitement when a young couple meet and there is a spark of connection. The excitement builds and reaches its peak with the great celebrations of engagement and marriage. The feelings of love are overwhelming and the relationship appears very deep. This, however, is not the true test of love.

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A Bereishis Diagnosis

When I was a student pursuing my master’s at Fordham’s School of Social Work, one of the classes I took was titled “Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis.” The class was based on the DSM-IV (the “bible” for all therapists) and helped us develop an understanding of abnormal psychology, and the various pathologies

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