Sunday, November 29, 2020


Advertising in The Link Works!

I write this letter to say thank you to The Jewish Link and to let our community know how beneficial my advertising was. When I first started my CO2 refill delivery business, I found the hardest part was getting customers. I only had a few of them. However, since first advertising in The Jewish Link only a few weeks ago,


Thank You From the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive

We at the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive would like to thank The Jewish Link for highlighting what we do and how it unites our entire community in chesed. We want to thank all those who participated to date. However, we still have a long way to go. Although we will take donations up until the holiday, we really want to


Get the Facts Right

I’m bothered when people confuse political opinion with fact. In “American Olim Reflect on the Biden Victory” in the Nov 19 issue, JJ Sussman is quoted as saying, “One thing is clear … the mainstream media and the pollsters lost once again. 90% of the polls had Biden winning by 5% and that didn’t happen.” In fact, Biden won by


The Role of Rabbis

Kudos to Ryan Hyman and Richard Langer for their letters in the November 12 edition of your paper (“In Defense of Our Community” and “Don’t Hide Behind Anonymity”); an advertisement in the previous edition could appear to be delegitimizing our rabbis’ decision to close shuls at the height of the coronavirus, or even to be


School Security Legislation Now Includes Mental Health

Bill S3013, which was introduced in the New Jersey State Senate on October 19, 2020, would change all references of security aid to health and safety aid in the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 and related statutes to reflect that a secure school also includes students’ mental health and well-being. In addition, S3013 would amend the


Thoughts on the 2020 Presidential Election

The much-anticipated election is finally winding down and it appears we have a winner. Former Vice President Joe Biden seems to have won enough electoral votes to become the president-elect.

Whether jubilant or despondent, the reaction of the citizens of this country pointed out several misconceptions


Remembering Linda Schiffman, Chana Bas Eliezer, z”l

We recently were at the unveiling of our sister, Linda Schiffman, a”h. Many people spoke about the extraordinary wife, mother and sister that Linda was and that was an understatement. But Linda was a stellar sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt. My husband and I looked forward to her exuberance at every simcha and her passion at every


A Note on Paid Ads

I realize it has been some time since Gershon Distenfeld placed his paid ad in your paper, an ad that I and many others felt wrongly criticized schools, minimized COVID-19 and contained several untruths. I emailed Distenfeld to express that he should have at least consulted professionals with medical licenses before giving questionable


Therapy Takes Time

I wanted to commend you for continually publishing articles that increase awareness and knowledge of mental health issues. This past week, I read an article by Yael Walfish (“Bringing Out Their Best: A Chinuch Approach That Really Works” November 12, 2020) and felt compelled to write in. Yael describes her personal experiences with



I was encouraged to read this week’s editorial (“The Winner Is…America!” Nov. 5, 2020), which celebrated the high turnout in the 2020 election and what that means for the future of our democracy. Nevertheless, it was disappointing that even within this positive context, the editors couldn’t resist taking one last shot at those


Educators Must Make Holocaust Education Relevant

It was 82 years ago that the world was warned as to what the Nazi plan was for the Jewish people. Make no mistake about it, the violence unleashed against the Jews in Austria and Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938, presaged what was to come. The Nazis’ actions made crystal clear their view of the tenuous nature of Jewish existence in


In Defense of Our Community

While [email protected] (HDM) is too cowardly to include his name in his full page ad in last week’s edition of The Jewish Link, (“An Open Letter to My Modern Orthodox Rabbinical Leadership”) I will not hide behind anonymity with my response.