Sunday, October 24, 2021


Rosh Hashanah in Eretz Yisrael Clarification

Raphael Grunfeld’s summary of why there are two days of Rosh Hashanah even in Eretz Yisrael, and how these two days are different from the two days of the other Yomim Tovim kept only in the Diaspora (“Two Days Rosh Hashanah, Eruvin and Eggs,” September 2, 2021), is very important. Nevertheless, there is one


Out of the Mouths of Babes—A True Story

On Rosh Hashanah last week, my 3-year-old great-grandson Akiva was sitting next to his mother in shul. During the recitation of Aleinu in the Musaf service, all the congregants knelt down on the floor between their seats. As they were prostrated, Akiva looked up at his mother and whispered, “Mommy, what are we looking


Against Children Wearing Masks

In response to last week’s Jewish Link article “Wearing a Mask Can Help Your Child Learn” (September 9, 2021), I must, on every level, speak out against it. I am writing as a mother and grandmother. There is nothing more sad and disheartening (and against nature!) than walking past a child who is masked up. I want


Shanah Tova, Nina Glick!

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 5782! Your column is the first page I turn to each week. Thanks for your words of wisdom in this crazy world.

Audrey Bickel
Fair Lawn

Why Be Religious?

Two articles in your September 9 issue left me somewhat dissatisfied: “Why Some Choose to Be Religious and Others Do Not” by Rabbi Haim Jachter; and “How Do I Convince My Child to Be a Jew?” by Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz.

The tragedy of massive assimilation, including an estimate that one in three


Federation Is Hard at Work

We read with interest a recent letter to the editor regarding antisemitism in the local community, which asks, “Where is Federation?” (August 26, 2021)

Federation plays and will continue to play a leading role—with important impact—pushing back on Jew-hatred and its threats to individual


RCBC Reminder on TVAC/BVAC 911 Coverage

Dear Friends,

As you may know, Bergen Hatzalah began operations in Bergen County on September 3.

Bergen Hatzalah has created a working relationship with the townships and emergency services of Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack and Tenafly.


What ‘Big Lies’?

Whether one agrees or vehemently disagrees with Charles Selengut’s pessimistic views on the current status of American Jewry, it behooves myopic letter writers who challenge opinion essays to at least furnish their arguments, not by espousing “fake-news” and biased narratives of Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper, but with


Their Ways Are Not Our Ways

The August 26 edition of The Jewish Link featured two interesting letters. In “Time to Leave the Democrat Party,” Martin Polack argued how the Democratic party does not serve our values or interests, and it is time to leave it. In “The False Narrative That the Democratic Party is Antisemitic,” Earl Sandor made the case that the


Fans of the Out-of-Town Link Subscription

I received a call this past week from my 91-year old father, currently living deep in West Maryland. He phoned to tell me how much he is enjoying The Jewish Link subscription I purchased for him at the start of the summer. “I love reading the Link. It gives me easily three days of reading material and I feel like I’m back in New


Beware the Language Used in Advice Columns

I was deeply disturbed reading an article in the Coaching section of the August 13 edition where the author takes us through three “skills” to cope with what she must feel is appropriate behavior on the part of the husband (“Verbal Assertiveness, Part Three: Accepting Criticism Using the Negative Assertion


What Happened to Our Jewish Leadership and Organizations?

The August 12 issue of The Jewish Link has a number of pieces related to a variety of antisemitic and anti-Israel issues at home and abroad. Although the specific issues vary, there is a common thread that can be applied to all of them, which Howard Cohn so succinctly asks in his letter in the same issue: “Where were



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