Sunday, August 14, 2022


The Vigil Continues

We continue to spend our days at Naama’s bedside and are gratified by the many wonderful things that we have seen here at the Jewish General Hospital. Yes, it is possible to notice and be grateful for things.

First, I want to mention the uniqueness of this hospital. It is now in the throes of a major


On Secrets, Secrecy and Lies

It is now Friday morning and I have just had my coffee and began reading this week’s edition of The Jewish Link. I came across the letter on the editorial page from ‘Name Withheld Upon Request,’ (“


Personal Reflections on Stress, Grief and Loss: Effects on the Mind, Body and Soul

A number of years ago, I decided to change certain things about the way I was living. Personally, I was inspired by a very good friend who demonstrated through her own life transformation that it was not only possible but actually doable to break poor living habits, and that such changes can be implemented at any age. Professionally, I was


Alone in the Crowd

At some point in our lives we have all had the experience of feeling lonely. It may even have happened at a happy occasion, like a friend’s party or a wedding. Perhaps you have experienced the following scenario: you walk into a wedding hall and it is full of people, most of whom you seem not to know. You scan the crowd for a familiar


CEO Comes Full Circle

Amir Kisar, 50, has been unanimously selected by the Boys Town Jerusalem board of directors to assume the position of CEO, following the retirement of Natan Tal. Kisar’s move to the CEO’S office marks the highest peak in a journey that began when he first entered Boys Town Jerusalem as a 13-year-old student.


Bava Kamma 17-23

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

Bava Kamma 18

A candle fell on a sleeping man, his dog pulled the candle away from him and onto the neighbor’s roof; did the owner of the dog have


Hoenlein to Join Majestic Retreats’ Pesach Program at Orlando’s Rosen Plaza

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and one of world Jewry’s leading spokesmen, will deliver several major addresses during the Pesach holiday (eve of April 22 through April 30) at Majestic Retreats Pesach program at the Rosen


Beha’alotcha: Dog Days of Summer

Bamidbar 11: 20

How many hot dogs are too many?

After the success of their Chanukah latke-eating contest, Posh Nosh Kosher Delicatessen in Long Branch decided to try another competitive eating event. Memorial Day weekend would soon kick off the summer season down on


Don’t Wait to Upgrade: The Rise and Fall of Nokia

As my column starts to move into its fourth year, it’s really humbling to have my readers reach out via social media or email with really good topics and current events. I love every minute of it and feel blessed and honored that anyone would take the time to flag me down on the street and compliment the Jewish Link of New Jersey


A Service Dog in Shul? At Shaarei Orah This Past Shabbat!

As surprising as it sounds, there was a service dog inside the sanctuary of Congregation Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck, this past Shabbat. Among the overflow crowd attending the joyous bar mitzvah of Ezzy Douek was a woman who required the company of a service dog.

Ample halachic


You Don’t Have to Do More, Be More or Get More

I would like to tell you about a different way of looking at the human experience.

“Innate Health” offers a different view of how we experience life, and I have found it to be a very powerful one. The Twerski Wellness Institute is working on bringing this different understanding to the Jewish world.


Did You Read the Directions?

Not everyone has the ability to follow directions perfectly enough to construct even the simplest pieces of IKEA furniture. It takes a great amount of patience and poise. For some this may come naturally, for others it may be a skill learned and perfected over the years. Then there are those like me, who have never been able to find success

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