Friday, July 01, 2022


Happy Birthday Yitz/Irving Tobin

We so enjoyed Yitz (Irving) Tobin’s letter last week (“Very Grateful,” December 23, 2021), celebrating his 97th birthday, and wish him many more, in good health.

When we first moved to Elizabeth as young marrieds we were introduced to Yitz, a lawyer, and he became a frequent Shabbat guest. Unfortunately, we


Mask Wearing While Advocating for Our Kids

There’s been a petition circulating throughout the Bergen County Jewish community, that yeshivot should stop mandating masks in the classroom. The petition cites child development and the continued emotional strain on our children.

This petition comes at a time when the Omicron variant has been impacting both


Movies and Chinese Restaurants on Xmas Eve

I enjoyed Nati Burnside’s humor column “Halachic Guide to Chinese Food on 12/25” (The Jewish Link, December 23, 2021.) It brought up memories of an experience I had some years ago. My wife worked in a yeshiva, so she worked on Xmas day. I was off and had nothing to do.

At that time, a friend and I


Very Grateful

On November 16, 2021, I turned 97. As an honor to me, the Englewood Shtiebel, without any influence on my part, honored me at the Kiddush, held after Sabbath morning services in their synagogue on Saturday, December 11.

I am attaching a notice that was handed


As Ye Sow So Shall Ye Reap

I was quite dismayed to read Mellissa Langsam Braunstein’s column “Zahra Billoo Criticizes ‘Polite Zionists; ’ADL Responds” in the December 16 issue of The Jewish Link. She says the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt deserves credit for tweeting CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) to


Thank You for Speaking Out

I am writing to thank the author of the letter “It’s Time for Kids to Return to Normalcy, With or Without the Vaccine,” published in the December 2, 2021 edition of The Jewish Link. This letter touched upon the many issues parents are facing when deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children, and the


Remembering Our Sister-in-Law Linda Schiffman, z”l

We, b”H, read The Jewish Link from cover to cover every week. Once in a while, we see pictures of our grandchildren. Every word is a pearl; Nina’s cake recipe is gevaldig; The Link is righteous reading.

Our sister-in-law Linda Schiffman, z”l, will be in


Eric Orgen and TVAC: Great for Teaneck

I was very thankful to hear that Eric Orgen will serve another year as president of TVAC. Eric is an outstanding leader for TVAC, which itself is an exceptional EMT/ambulance service for the entire Teaneck Community. TVAC has served the greater Teaneck community, all of the Teaneck community, with dedication and commitment for many, many


Take Action: Few Emotions Are as Painful as Regret

In fact, the baalei mussar teach that regret is an overwhelming emotion that a person feels when they enter the Olam Ha’Emes.

I have been on the front lines of caring for those who die and their families. I have unfortunately witnessed the pain of regret


Daily Daas for the Rest of Us

Daf Yomi isn’t for me. At least, not now, but I’m not sure it will ever be. Gemara is definitely an acquired taste, and many of us just don’t get there. I know that many people are in the same boat as I am. We can’t prioritize the time, it takes too long, we have no attention span for Gemara or myriad other


Thanks to Zusha Event Sponsors

The article published in last week’s Jewish Link News reported certain information regarding the planning and execution of the Zusha event in the Hillside/Elizabeth community. Any errors and omissions concerning the article rests on the shoulders of the organizers of the event and not upon the staff at The Jewish


The Satisfaction of Military Service

I thoroughly enjoyed Tzvi Chaim Silver’s “Reflections on My Release From the IDF” (Dec. 9, 2021). I think veterans from any army can relate to his experiences, feelings and pride in his service; the empty feeling the first night in basic, the uncertainty as to what the future will be like, the frustrations with not being placed where

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