Sunday, May 28, 2023


Women Are Not Helpless

Are women helpless? It is a fair question after the response Mayim Bialik faced from the well-publicized editorial in the New York Times last week about her Hollywood experience.

Bialik wrote that as a young Jewish girl she heeded her mother’s advice to dress respectfully, to decline


The First Step Towards Progress Is to Show Up

On Sunday October 22, the OU hosted an event to discuss the tuition crisis. NYS Teach executive director Maury Litwack spoke of a long-game strategy that can significantly impact the financial viability of yeshiva education. From the attendance, I would think that there is no issue at all. Regardless of the strategy, the first step towards progress is


David Myers Has Got to Go

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, outside the Center for Jewish History, Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI and JCC Watch.org led a protest against David Myers, the new president and CEO of the CJH.

Over 200 people assembled in front of the stage to hear speeches from AFSI’s co-executive directors, Helen Freedman and Judy Freedman Kadish, JCCWatch.org President


A Different Perspective on Addiction

In a recent column by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg regarding the tragic death of a 23-year-old woman to addiction (“The Jewish Community and Drug Addiction: Al Cheit for Not Listening, Not Learning and Not Acting,” September 28, 2017), he writes, “it is our fault, Al Cheit, that we were not listening to her cries, Al Cheit for our


The Original Story of ‘The Bergen County Moment’

Regarding the “Back-Backstories on ‘The Bergen County Moment’” (September 28, 2017), permit me to add another but more accurate “back” to the story of the origins of Congregation Beth Aaron. It was in fact founded by my brother, Rabbi Meir Gottesman around 1970 in a private home located at 325 West Englewood Ave., a few houses


Kneeling Controversy Is About More Than Free Speech

The one issue completely forgotten in the sports kneeling controversy (“To Kneel or Not to Kneel: Part 2,” September 28, 2017) is that this is not about free speech. This is about the behavior of employees on the job. No one goes to the mall or a doctor’s office and sees it festooned with blatant partisan political


The Wertheimers Must Be Recognized for Their Contribution to Teaneck

I wish to add an important fact to the interesting analyses of Teaneck’s growth provided by Rabbis Polack and Green (“The Bergen County Moment,” September 7, 2017; “The Backstory of ‘The Bergen County Moment,’” September 19, 2017; “Back-Backstories on ‘The Bergen County Moment,’” September 28, 2017). It is true that Teaneck’s proximity to


Should Open Orthodoxy Be Considered Part of Modern Orthodoxy?

I recently came across an article published this summer (“Rabba Eryn London Receives Semicha From Yeshivat Maharat,” July 20, 2017). I was surprised that The Jewish Link published it, because the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America), the OU and the Agudath Israel of America have all come out strongly against ordaining women, whatever the


To Kneel or Not to Kneel: Part 2

Last year I wrote a letter to the editor explaining my support for San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s right to kneel during the singing of the national anthem. What followed was an almost unanimous opposition to my view: from people at the Shabbos table to family and friends. Presently, that vehemence of expression


Back-Backstories on ‘The Bergen County Moment’

A few obiter dicta to Rabbi Polack’s fine article (“The Backstory of ‘The Bergen County Moment,’” September 19, 2017). Bnai Yeshurun started in Lilian Kopitnakoff’s basement prior to the purchase of a small home on West Englewood Avenue; Rabbi Label Dulitz preceded Rabbi Macy Gordon (now deceased); and in 1961, when I was their


The Jewish Link Simcha Section Has Fans

Thank you for including a new monthly section into your informative newspaper. My daughter and I love the new Mazal Tov section by Bracha Schwartz in the Simcha Link and look forward to reading it every month. It’s interesting, creatively written and fun to find out about the story behind the event. It’s especially enjoyable when we personally


Should We Not Single Out ‘Jews Who Saved Jews’ at Yad Vashem?

Regarding the letter “Jewish Solidarity Has Always Been an Integral Component of Yad Vashem” (August 24, 2017) by Iris Rosenberg, Yad Vashem’s communications director, in response to the article about my book, “Mordecai Paldiel Emphasizes the Importance of Honoring One’s Own” (August 3, 2017): I found very surprising, if not troubling, the

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