Saturday, December 04, 2021


A Look at the Science

I would like to thank the Wisotsky brothers for their thoughtful responses to my letter.

Let me start by acknowledging and thanking Dr. David Wisotsky for his 45 years of dedication to our children and for his immeasurable positive impact on our


So Moved by Nina Glick’s Words

Nina’s vivid description in The Jewish Link (“Broken” November 12, 2021) clearly conveys the depth of void and emptiness experienced by the loss of Rabbi Mordechai Glick, her confidant, soul mate and best friend. Hidden emotional tears were held in abeyance while soaking up her heartfelt words; reading Nina’s valiant depiction of the


Expressing Hakarat Hatov

Please allow me to express hakarat hatov to both Chopstix and to the Dunkin Donuts on Teaneck Road at State Street.

Each of these establishments provided complimentary fare—lunch and donuts, respectively—to veterans on Veterans Day.

It is always heartwarming to be recognized on


Follow-Up: What Would Rabbi Sacks Want Me to Do?

I would like to thank everyone who donated hats, coats, scarfs, gloves, blankets, sweatshirts, pants, socks and toiletries to help the homeless in Newark. The response to my November 4 article (“What Would Rabbi Sacks Want Me to Do?”) was overwhelming. Thank you as well to all of the volunteers who helped me sort, organize, re-bag and


Younger Brother?

I really enjoyed your piece on Asher Yarmush, the 8-year-old boy who wrote the book “Alex and Henry in China” (“West Orange’s Asher Yarmush: Published Author at 8 Years Old,” November 11, 2021). He sounds like a very impressive kid and I personally loved the book. However, I was surprised to learn that I am his younger brother. According to


Setting the Record Straight

I found the article on Rabbi Schrier’s installation to be a very enjoyable read (“A New Era Begins for Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck’s Founding Orthodox Synagogue” November 11, 2021), but it had several historical inaccuracies. President Berman’s investiture as rabbi of the Jewish Center was not in 1990, it was in 2000. His immediate


Superheroes Among Us

I have a great story to share with The Jewish Link readership. My 4-year-old daughter and I were driving home recently and she asked the question “Are there any real superheroes in the world?” I told her that the answer is no.

Upon hearing my response, she


What Happened to the Jewish Vote?

According to Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, the Jewish population of Teaneck in 2003 was 37%. According to a Haaretz article—yes, that paper—in 2018 the Jewish population of Teaneck was 30%. Wherever the truth lies, we are probably somewhere in the mid 30s. Therefore, with a total population of about


Dr. Wisotsky: Please Be More Persuasive

Dear Dr. Wisotsky:

I trust you as a pediatrician. I know that the medical care provided at Tenafly Pediatrics is of the highest quality. I have entrusted my children to the doctors at Tenafly Pediatrics and would not hesitate to recommend the medical practice to anybody. Through the years, the doctors at


Protecting Our Children With Vaccinations

I thank Leah Schreiber for her passionate response to my letter (“Doctors Need to Give the Whole Story,” November 4, 2021). I do take issue, however, with her use of words like “condescension,” “dismissal,” “absoluteness” and “certainty” to refer to advice given by my colleagues and me.


Covid Vaccinations are Also an Ethical Issue

The heated debate on vaccinations in recent Link issues is a testament to the emotions surrounding this issue. As a career scientist I would like to weigh in on this issue from a scientific, not emotional, standpoint.

From everything I’ve seen in the last


On Afghanistan Refugees

Last week’s FLAME article (“The Muslim Immigrant Question,” November 4, 2021), aside from having a title that is scarily similar to “The Jewish Question,” seemed to me in poor taste, and I’d like to clarify a few of the points made. I personally am privileged to work with The Aleph Institute, and in partnership with other



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