Friday, August 07, 2020

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A Very Special ‘Super Sunday’

As February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month, it was particularly special to read the beautiful and inspiring letter to the editor, “A Super Sunday” (February 7, 2019). In that letter, the parents of a child with special needs described the feelings, benefits and emotions of having their son invited by his peers to


Not All School Calendar Changes Are Great for Everyone

In Rabbi Daniel Alter’s article (“Common-Sense School Calendars: Yeshiva Break,” January 31, 2019), he proposes the idea that yeshiva break should always coincide with Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, as opposed to sometimes yes and other times not. He makes a convincing argument by talking about three scenarios: 1)


Staying True to Normative Orthodox Judaism

To me, this whole Netivot Shalom/women clergy brouhaha (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019) is a classic “Slighty’s tree” scenario. You’ll recall that Peter Pan had always told the Lost Boys that they must limit their own girth to fit into the trees that led to their hideout,


What Occupation?

Another day and a new slew of articles on the web, in the media or on blogs decrying the “occupation of Judea and Samaria” by Israel. It is always amazing to note that the authors for the most part are young people of Jewish ancestry, liberal millennials, or ignorant of vicious anti-Semitism.

It does


RCBC Hopes Rabbi Helfgot Will Remain a Member of the RCBC Community

On behalf of the RCBC and all of its members, I sincerely hope that Rabbi Helfgot will remain a member of the RCBC.  Rabbi Helfgot is a close friend to me and to many of our rabbinic colleagues, and he has contributed a great deal of religious leadership to our community over the past decades. It should go without saying that we categorically reject any and all of


Allow Each RCBC Rabbi to Reach the Best Halachic and Public Policy Decisions

The RCBC has, for many decades, served as an umbrella organization of Orthodox rabbis that has helped establish and develop the physical and spiritual infrastructure and helped foster the communal well-being of the burgeoning observant community in Bergen County. The council has always had a wide diversity of rabbis who represent the big


RCBC: We Can Find Room For All

Two and a half years ago, after serving on the board as vice president for two years, I was asked to consider running for president of Congregation Shaare Tefillah. Knowing that the idea of female shul leadership could create controversy and halachic concerns, I asked Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz his feelings on having a female president.


Actions Speak Louder Than Words

To qualify as Pro-Israel, an elected official only has one responsibility - to vote for bills that strengthen Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship. If they vote for those bills, then they are Pro-Israel, if they don’t, they don’t qualify as Pro-Israel. Words are cheap, legislation is what matters. (“New Group of Democrats Aims to


Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, Indeed

I was stunned by the incident related by Rabbi Jachter in his column this past week in The Jewish Link (“An Eye-Opening Episode on the Way to the Tel Aviv Beit Din,” January 31, 2019). I should point out that I read R. Jachter’s column on Sephardic practices regularly and deeply admire and respect him. It is for that reason that I


Chutzpah in Our Streets and Beyond

I recently walked by a northern New Jersey yeshiva and was intentionally taunted by a student who shouted something personal in my direction. The student’s derisive tone made his intent clear: to embarrass me in public. This wasn’t the only time a yeshiva student publicly taunted and embarrassed me. When a rabbi personally witnessed


The Pain of Rejection

I would like to commend Rabbi Rothwachs and The Jewish Link for bringing the issue of high school admissions to the public’s attention. Personally, it did not need to be brought to my attention because I was already quite aware. Two years ago my son was not accepted to any local yeshiva. Even though he had spent his entire life in this


A Super Opportunity

As parents, we have often noted the central and, perhaps, oversized role sports plays in our community, both in our schools and at home. Over the years, however, we have learned from experience of an additional aspect of sports in our community as well. Two Super Bowl-related experiences in particular taught us this additional