Thursday, June 04, 2020

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Think Outside the Box

I am writing in response to a letter in last week’s Jewish Link titled, “Defining a Jewish Education” (May 27, 2020), in which the writer seemed to discourage reverting to the old “Talmud Torah” model of education. He cited, in part, that we left that model to avoid being “subject to/ influenced by them.” He also indicated


Reelect Josh Gottheimer

Those readers of The Jewish Link who reside in New Jersey’s fifth Congressional district have been more than fortunate over the last two terms to have Josh Gottheimer as their representative.

Josh is currently facing a primary fight in the July 7 mail-in


Are Masks Medically Necessary?

In response to Jeff Rubin’s concern about the Orthodox Jews not wearing masks (“Wear Your Masks!” (May 27, 2020), I believe no specific directions were given whether a mask needed to be worn the second one leaves the house to walk outside in the open space. In any event, the New England Journal of Medicine, a very


Bergen County Stands Against Social Injustice

One hundred and sixty-two years ago Abraham Lincoln stood on a platform in his home state of Illinois and uttered the immortal words, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Unfortunately, these words ring as true today as they did in 1858. From the foundation of this American continent to the present day, race


Why America Is Burning

Over the past week, we have been inundated by sermons and written missives about racial justice. Most of your readers intuitively understand that we must judge people by their behavior, not their ethnic background. In the course of our daily lectures, barely a mention is made of the racial incitement committed by


Thank You, Elie Katz and Teaneck Leadership

It is so heartening to see the reaching out and healing energy that Elie Katz and the Teaneck leadership have shown all throughout this viral crisis and now in the face of violent unrest. I lived in Teaneck during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s when racial tension was at its height and cities around the country were burning. I was in


Defining a Jewish Education

In his letter “What is a Jewish Education?” (May 14, 2020) Yigal Gross makes a suggestion, but frankly does not provide details. Is he suggesting that yeshivot/Jewish day schools only teach limudei kodesh subjects and students would go to public school for secular subjects?


Wear Your Masks!

As of this writing, May 21, 2020, the CDC and the state of New Jersey recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public. New York also requires it. While self quarantined, I have been out walking and/or cycling every day. Why do I see 90% of the frum community not wearing masks or some other face covering?


The Silver Lining

As drastic as the coronavirus is in our community and our beloved country, there may be a hidden bracha in this devastating magefa. I will describe this later.

I am happy about the spate of articles and letters to the editor about the problem of yeshiva


We Took a Hike!

We would like to thank Daniel Chazin for his insightful “Hike to the Top of Campgaw Mountain” article in this past issue (May 21, 2020). It was a great reminder that we can all still get out and get exercise in fresh air if we do so responsibly. Our family had an amazing hike on Memorial Day following Danny’s


Masks Are Necessary Only in Controlled Environments

In Frank Breslau’s letter to the editor, “We Should All Be Wearing Masks” (May 21, 2020), he writes that studies have demonstrated that “just talking can launch thousands of droplets that can remain suspended in the air for eight to 14 minutes.” Consequently, he concludes that one should wear a face mask when


Inclusivity vs. Exclusivity

Yasher koach to Yair Daar in his letter last week (“Thriving Jewish Communities are for Everyone” May 21, 2020) and for even (possibly unintentionally) connecting it to his Kids Link story (“What Are You Worth?”) that each person is important and counts even if you only give a half-shekel (which was the reason for