Thursday, April 15, 2021


Moving Past COVID

“Stay Calm and Carry On” has become a meme, but the spirit that gave birth to that saying is now needed more than ever. We’ve all been stuck in the collective nightmare for about a year now. People haven’t seen their family, friendships have dissolved, and our children have suffered tremendously. I think it may be (past) time for us


Clarification on ‘Purim Letter’

I am writing to clarify an area of misunderstanding. You may have recently seen some “Purim Torah” in the form of a satirical letter placed on RCBC stationary and purportedly signed by the RCBC. “Purim Torah” is an age-old minhag, and I assume the author meant no harm; however, publishing the letter on RCBC stationary (without


Support for the BLM Mural

Thank you for printing the letter written by the Teaneck Youth Initiative for the permanency of the Black Lives Matter mural. It is refreshing to hear the voices of diversity and inclusion from the greater Teaneck community.

Faige Drapkin

Advice for Shadchanim

As an over-30 single, I would like to thank Ahuva Lamm for her article, “A Closer Look at 30+ Dating in the Orthodox World” (February 25, 2021). As she notes, one significant issue, at least for men, is that of having too many suggestions to choose between, especially with the rise of online shidduch networks. (While I try not to let it result in


Shame Shem—Shame on the Name

I found Ira Buckman’s letter of February 25, “A Pastry by Any Other Name” very interesting because I had a slightly different but similar thought, about publicizing our worst enemies. We are commanded to forget Amalek, but do it by bringing its name up year after year for millennia. We scorn Haman by using the very mention of his name as a


A Thought on the Parsha

The Mishkan and chiddush are one and the same. That’s because wherever God resides, innovation is a constant. In this week’s parsha we are told that Betzalel was infused with chochma, tevuna, daat and “all his melacha.” Rashi clearly delineates that chochma is what you learn from others, tevuna is what you can understand on your own based on


Keep the Jewish in the Jewish Film Festival

I recently watched the trailer to one of the MetroWest JCC Jewish Film Festival’s Jewish(?) films, “Army of Lovers in the Holy Land,” with disbelief, disgust and abhorrence. It was filledwith inappropriate behavior and imagery.

Is this a Jewish film? Should this be in a Jewish film festival? Does this


Purim Satire ‘News’ Was in Bad Taste

The “Purim Satire” section of your February 25 issue contained an item which I feel any decent person would find to be in extremely bad taste.

Titled “100,000 Palestinians Get Shot by Israeli Soldiers,” the supposed “joke” was made around the pun of using “shot” to refer to the COVID-19 vaccine. The “joke” concludes with the following:


Shabbat Parah Thought: Marking Memory of Sharona Nagler, z”l

So many knew her, visited her, befriended her—during both her better and more difficult times.

I met her when I had the pleasure of meeting her mother—my dear eshet chayil, Evelyn—shortly before she was niftar, 14 years ago.

On the last day of shiva, following


Proud of Our Community

Yes, I am related to The Jewish Link publisher so one can argue that I am biased, but this past week’s Jewish Link was so packed with examples of the goodness of the Jewish people that I found myself frequently moved to tears. Hunger drives, matchmaking for those with medical conditions, fertility summits, loving


Masechet Megilla Reference to an Evil Germany Over 15 Centuries Ago

As a result of attending the amazing Siyum Hashas at MetLife Stadium last year, along with the urging of my much-wiser grandchildren, I have become a very senior latecomer to Daf Yomi. In order not to let the seven-and-a-half year cycle become too daunting, I am learning several daf a day online instead of just one as


Context for COVID-19 and Masks

In his letter (“Continuing Discussions on COVID-19 and Masks,” February 18, 2021), Dr. Yosef Glassman references the frightening number of children who die of pneumonia each year. He uses these numbers to argue that those who advocate for masking during COVID, such as the CDC and all the local hospitals, ought to