Saturday, June 03, 2023


The Wrong Solution

I commend Mr. Mallin for his attempt to solve the agunah crisis (“Constructing a Solution to the Agunah Crisis,” December 22, 2022), but his suggestions are completely infeasible. At the heart of his suggestion is the concept that, as he claims, “Ancient Torah dictates have been…reformed when…unworkable and


Response to Reader Question On Reading The Jewish Link in the Bathroom

Hopefully, you can publish my comment and response to a reader question posted in letters to the editor in the last edition, in relation to Halacha regarding the Jewish Link being read in the bathroom (“Halacha Regarding The Jewish Link,” December 15, 2022).

An easy and logical response to the


Science and Religion

Mr. Wisotsky’s interesting discussion travels well-trod ground (Sachs, Slifkin, Schroeder et al.)(“Is Hashem Using Scientists as His Agents to Fulfill Torah Prophecies?” December 22, 2022). He posits a syncretism between religion and science. I would argue with this premise. Religion and science have entirely different objectives. In


Hakarat Hatov and the Chanukah Toy Drive

Congratulations to our community upon the 30th successful year of the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive! We’d like to acknowledge the vision and contributions of two amazing women.

Marla Friedman started the Bergen County toy drive 30 years ago and poured her


Don’t Blame American Jews

Rabbi Paul Bloom (“American Jewish Leadership Failure or Antisemitism and Aliyah?” December 15, 2022) argues that, in response to increasing antisemitism in America, America’s Jewish leadership should “encourage the movement of Torah, Talmud and talent to a new destination, Israel, the start-up nation.” Rabbi


Support the American Jewish Community

I was very disappointed to read Rabbi Bloom’s scathing (and in my opinion, unjustified) critique of American Jewish leadership in last week’s paper (“American Jewish Leadership Failure or Antisemitism and Aliyah?” December 15, 2022). The rise in antisemitism is very concerning and Rabbi Bloom feels that “The


Grateful for SINAI

I am writing to express my gratitude for Elizabeth Kratz’s feature on SINAI Schools, “Supporting Classmates, Supporting SINAI.” (December 15, 2022)

As the parent of four current and former high school students who have had extensive interactions with SINAI students at Torah Academy of Bergen County


Playing Russian Roulette With Our Children

Editor’s note: The below was written by a Bergen County yeshiva day school administrator, who asked to remain anonymous.

Year after year, around this time, we silently watch as our children become the victims of our current high school selection


Constructing a Solution To the Agunah Crisis

“The agunah crisis” is an anachronism that should have disappeared from Jewish life a long time ago.

Basically the halacha states that a Jewish woman who was divorced in a civil court cannot remarry until she receives a religious document from her husband,


The Task Force and the Oracle Of Delphi (Delaware)

Here we go again. The Delaware native (POTUS) and the Second Gentleman have prompted a movement to settle a problem that has been around for thousands of years. What to do with the Jews? What to do with Israel? When they had no country, they were a problem, and now that they have a country they still are a problem.


Bergenfield Library Reopens

As members of the Board of Trustees of the Bergenfield Public Library, we would like to alert the community to the re-opening of the library after a brief closure for installing new carpeting. The Children’s Room was refurbished with a colorful, new train-themed mural. There are plans to install some new activity items, and to open a side


Thank You for Your Coverage of The Chabad Shluchim Conference

Thank you for the great article and well-deserved coverage of the grand finale at the International Conference of Chabad Emissaries (“Global Chabad Kinus Gathers in NJ,” November 30, 2022). As one of the 6,500 rabbis and lay leaders in attendance, I can attest that this epic event was most aptly encapsulated by the adage of the Talmud,

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