Saturday, June 03, 2023



I want to give a shoutout to a wise columnist, Nesanel Yosef Safran, whose witty and profound words appear in the back of the newspaper (Kid’s Link, Dvar Torah).

In his article “New Changes” (September 29, 2022) he recently wrote about a school that had engaged a new teacher and the students were


More Thoughts on ‘Making Some Room’

The writer of the article titled “For Ourselves and Our Children, We Must Be Better (at Making Some Room),” September 29, 2022, along with the letter to the editor cited within, hits the nail on the head. Truthfully, our children follow our lead. We must set examples for them in so many areas.

I have one idea to add. The writer mentioned adults as well as


Keeping Ears Wide Open While in the Road

This past Thursday was a glorious day weather wise after the cold and rainy Yom Kippur day we had. I had to take a walk along Trafalgar and I witnessed a young man about 17 years old, biking up the block ahead of me in the middle of the road. Mind you there were very few cars passing by as it was around 2:30 p.m. The car was seemingly in a


Burns’ Documentary on US and the Holocaust Is Outstanding, But…

Television viewers received a special bonus during the Rosh Hashanah week, with the showing of the new Ken Burns documentary, “The U.S. and the Holocaust.” Consistent with his past documentaries, this series was outstanding in quality and presentation. It was also welcome, coming at a time when U.S. and worldwide antisemitism is rapidly


More on Modern Orthodoxy And Religious Zionism

Thank you for the beautiful, insightful article written by Rabbi Elie Mischel, “It’s Time to Move On: From Modern Orthodoxy To Religious Zionism” (September 22, 2022). I was actually starting to write my own article when I read it, so here is my response.


There Are Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

In last week’s Letters to the Editor, the idea that children in our community rely far too much on technology was presented (“Technology in the Classroom,” September 29, 2022). Allow me to alleviate the primary concerns conveyed. As someone who has experience learning in both a non-technological public school and a


Apologies for a Possibly Confusing URL in My Recent Letter

In a recent letter, I referred people to a petition I made at tinyurl.com/n74uz7fr (“It Is Time for Another Type of Alliance” September 22, 2022). The period at the end of that was (in that letter and this one) the end of the sentence, not part of the URL to be typed in; the URL ends with the fr (and also lacks the hyphen that was


Technology in the Classroom

It was with great pleasure that I read about the “Living Connected” campaign in last week’s Jewish Link (“Living Better, Connected” September 22, 2022). I strongly agree with the premise: We as a community rely far too much on technology, and it is harming our children’s ability to build normal relationships. The fact that the


Musings of a Mad Scientist During the Days of Awe

Like so many others contemplating during these solemn days, as Moshe Kinderlehrer did in his article “A Pre-Rosh Hashanah Reflection” (September 22), I confess that I can’t envision what shamayim or Olom Haba look like. I doubt it is everyone dressed in white robes playing the harp or flying around on white wings, as commonly


Thank You, Yeshiva University!

I read, with great enjoyment, Rabbi Howard Jachter’s essay, “A Post-Wedding Expression of Hakarat HaTov for Yeshiva College” (September 15, 2022), wherein he, among other things, extended his gratitude and HaKaras Hatov to Yeshiva University.

I, myself, am a three-time alumnus of Yeshiva University. My years as


Integrating Single Parents Into the Community

I want to offer a few counterpoints to Rabbi Yair Hoffman’s column about how to support single parents, especially divorcees (“This Rosh Hashanah, Let’s Think of the Invisible Among Us” September 15, 2022). While the author offers some sound advice, he occasionally crosses a line from encouraging us to be good friends and neighbors to being


More on Munich

Regarding Ruby Kaplan’s letter to the editor, “Munich 11 a Continuing Concern for All,”

(September 15, 2022). Ms. Kaplan questions why “the 1972 Olympics was even held and approved to take place in Munich…. only 30 years after a most horrific

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