Thursday, February 02, 2023


Antisemitism: Blessing Within a Curse

Antisemitism is God’s plan to prevent the Jews from fully assimilating. In the section of the Torah known as the Tochehah, the curses, it is written, “Among these nations you will find no ease, neither shall the sole of your foot have rest” (Devarim 28:65).

This curse prevents the Jews from


Halacha Regarding The Jewish Link

I would like to know whether halachically one may read The Jewish Link in the bathroom provided one obviously does not read, or even open to, the dvar Torah pages. Anecdotally, it would appear that the “minhag Yisrael” is to do so. I figure that there are plenty of talmidei chachamim and poskim who are reading this (or even potentially


Grateful for ‘Noise’ of Children

I read the letter from Name Withheld in “Lots of Noise in Shul” (November 17, 2022) with both dismay and embarrassment. I wonder if the person next to me in shul has the same ill-placed sentiments. As the uncle of two nonverbal nephews, I cherish every word or sound uttered by children. You don’t know what a feeling it is to finally, at 4 years old, hear my


Yeshiva Open House Season

It’s yeshiva open house season, which means many parents are deciding which school to send their children to for the next few years. It’s a big decision, and of course, tuition prices are one (of many) big factors. We thankfully have many schools to pick from, but it can be difficult and time-consuming for parents looking for tuition


Shul Is Not Just Another Playground

The ongoing barrage of letters defending the presence of children in shul is missing the point (“You Call It Noise, but It’s Music to My Ears,” December 1, 2022; “Kids Should Stay in Shul,” December 1, 2022). Are you teaching your children about davening and ruchniut (spirituality) by allowing them to run around and make noise?


Students Show Appreciation

The students from SINAI [email protected]’ayanotwanted to show their appreciation to Jewish Link editor Elizabeth Kratz for visiting their class and teaching them about journalism. These are just a few of their letters:

Dear Mrs. Kratz,


You Call It Noise, but It’s Music to My Ears

In 2020, our communities went through drastic changes as our shul doors were shuttered for months. Our slow return began in outdoor settings, with limited crowds. Eventually, we worked our way back indoors, spread thin with significant space to maximize physical safety. Many of our friends and neighbors, but fewer of our wives and children


Rabbi Hoffman’s Two Heroes

In writing about Heroes in the Time of Polio, Rabbi Hoffman mentions Dr. Jonas Salk, the discoverer of the polio vaccine. I think R. Hoffman should have listed Dr. Salk as a third hero in the time of polio: Dr. Salk expressed no interest in profiting from the vaccine. Indeed, even as attorneys from Salk’s institute, the National


Israeli Elections

From her relatively safe perch in Fair Lawn, New Jersey reader JoAnn Goldstein ("The Israeli Elections," November 23, 2022) joins noted liberal hand-wringers journalist Thomas Friedman and Reform leader Rick Jacobs in bemoaning the rise of “homophobe, Jewish extremist” Itamar Ben Gvir. I would be interested in knowing which of Ben Gvir’s policies have earned him


Germany 1936 and Qatar 2022

In reading Khaled Abu Toameh’s commentary, “Qatar’s Double Game: Funding Islamists While Pretending to Be America’s Ally” in The Jewish Link, I could not help but be reminded about Hitler’s subterfuge in 1936. In 1936, Hitler rearmed the Rhineland of western Germany in March, violating the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I


Letters to the Editor

Making a Difference at the MVC

As I was making my way through your Nov. 10 issue, the title of Jewel Safren’s column caught my eye (“Love Letter to Tom at the MVC,” November 10, 2022). I have known the “Tom” to whom she refers for over 30 years and consider him a friend. I emailed him the article and he was touched by it since it is unusual for anyone


Lots of Noise in Shul

If at all possible, can we please do our best to keep little children out of the main sanctuary during davening times? It’s hard to concentrate when they’re making their adorable cooing noises, or when you’re opening their PopCorners bags for them, or when you’re shushing them more than once. Treat them like a cell phone. If it goes

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