Friday, February 03, 2023


Thank You to Pearl Markovitz

I want to thank Pearl Markovitz for writing such a wonderful article about The Joel Paul Group. I always admired her writing and her articulation, as well as her recruiting skills, when she worked for The Joel Paul Group! I enjoy reading the articles she writes for The Link. Thank you to the editors for assigning her to write the


Chanukah: A Teaching Moment

One beautiful aspect of this time of year, the holiday season, is that we stop our hamster-wheel scurrying to think about the people who are important in our lives, and take a moment to show them that we are grateful for their contribution to us and our families. Many of us take a careful account of every individual whose job has meaning


Discussions of Trump, Racism and Orthodoxy Continue

This is in reply to Aryeh Baer’s letter (“Letter Writers Disagree on Assumptions, Not Facts,” December 15, 2016), which criticized my letter (“Rabbi Wieder Should Focus His Racism Lens Away From the Orthodox Community,” December 8, 2016) contesting Rabbi Jeremy Wieder’s claim that “racism runs deep in the Orthodox


Is It Proper to Condemn an Entire Community for ‘Racism’?

“Racism in the Orthodox Community” is the title of Rabbi Jeremy Wieder’s recorded presentation to his students at YU (and later published in The Jewish Link with the same title on December 1, 2016). In the presentation, he says, “Unfortunately, racism runs deep in the Orthodox community… I can tell you that it is a very real


Letter Writers Disagree on Assumptions, Not Facts

It is interesting to see how the articles by Rabbi Jeremy Wieder and by Ariel Herzog on racism in the Orthodox community (December 1, 2016) acted almost as Rorschach tests, at least judging by the letters in response (December 8, 2016). Much of what those letters addressed was not actually written or even inferred in the


Mitchell First Should Keep Those Etymologies Coming

Your erudite articles focusing on the etymologies of words are quite interesting (“Sharing Some Interesting English Word Origins,” December 8, 2016). I always found it interesting how some names are inadvertently associated or connected. For example, Rev Newberger’s shul is on Newbridge Road, and Rabbi Engle, former rabbi of Kesher,


Thank You for the Allergy Sensitive Recipe

I want to thank Mrs. Elizabeth Kratz for writing an article last week about allergies (“ Celebrating Recipes That Don’t


Why Are Orthodox People Who Voted for Trump Assumed to Be Racists?

I sent this to a local board after the moderator urged the readers to read the article “Racism in the Orthodox Community,” (December 1, 2016) that was published in The Jewish Link and after another reader, Gary, has shared his bad experience regarding his own family. Then, I thought that my answer would reflect what many of the


Rabbi Wieder Should Focus his Racism Lens Away From the Orthodox Community

According to Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, “racism runs deep in the Orthodox community,” as noted in his article, “Racism in the Orthodox Community,” (December 1, 2016), And although he admits that “I can’t tell you numbers,” racism among the Orthodox is a “very, very real issue.” Having failed to cite even one piece of scientific


President-Elect Trump Is About Protecting the American People

Regarding Ariel Herzog’s “The Silent Epidemic,” (December 1, 2016), I say to him and others who have misquoted President-elect Trump: It is not an ethical issue, it seems, but rather lashon hara for not quoting Trump himself—instead, perhaps, quoting the New York Times or the Jewish Week. Mr. Trump has said over and over again that


Support Project Ezrah at Annual Dinner

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Modern Orthodox Jews Must Rally Around Rabbi Berman’s YU Appointment

Kudos to the editorial staff of The Jewish Link for imploring our community to support Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, the President-elect of Yeshiva University (“Support for YU’s New President,” November 17, 2016). While much attention has understandably been directed toward the President-elect of the United States these last

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