Wednesday, January 27, 2021


The Festivus Season, Already? Airing Jewish Link Grievances

I have been meaning to write this letter to the editor for some time. I like to receive bad news first, so here it is: I think The Jewish Link is way too big. This week’s edition (December 10) was 152 pages! I read books shorter than that. Furthermore, I think there are not enough substantive editorials, op-eds and the


The Mi Sheberach Debate

Rabbi Daniel Alter’s article (“The Future of Our Shuls Post-Pandemic,” December 3, 2020) brought to light many issues and opportunities that shuls will have to deal with when we all return to indoor davening.

I need to take issue with his question


The History of Harlem I Never Knew

Thank you for that informational and enlightening article on the evolvement and development of Jewish Harlem by the “Two Sues” (“The Jewish History of Harlem: A Virtual Stroll Through a Neighborhood Where Jewish Voices Echo,” December 3, 2020). This type of article is fascinating and a bit different from your


Open Dialogue Should Not Be Suppressed

The late, lamented Rabbi Sacks zt”l, had recently often expressed concern that the “willingness to listen respectfully to those with whom we disagree has been lost today” because “the only way we avoid error [is] by allowing dissent of voice.” He protested “the mischief of denying a hearing to opinions because we, in our own


Thank You to Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz

We find ourselves sandwiched between two events that focus on expressing our gratitude and thanks. On the secular calendar, Thanksgiving has recently passed. On the Jewish calendar (and of far greater importance), we will soon celebrate Chanukah. The Talmud (Shabbat 21b) explains that after the miracle of the oil occurred, the rabbis


We Are All in This Together

We are all in this together! Really?!? I think that’s one of the most overused slogans, and probably one of the most untrue. We may all be living on this planet together, but we are not in this all together. I’m just going to focus on the United States and not address the effects on the rest of the


Giving Thanks

In an age where the terms “giving thanks, grateful and hero” are inserted into our daily conversations, we would be remiss if we didn’t also acknowledge feelings of sadness, loss and even frustration. Some would even say this is a healthy way to live, as we are human beings who experience a full and diverse range of feelings


Advertising in The Link Works!

I write this letter to say thank you to The Jewish Link and to let our community know how beneficial my advertising was. When I first started my CO2 refill delivery business, I found the hardest part was getting customers. I only had a few of them. However, since first advertising in The Jewish Link only a few weeks ago,


Thank You From the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive

We at the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive would like to thank The Jewish Link for highlighting what we do and how it unites our entire community in chesed. We want to thank all those who participated to date. However, we still have a long way to go. Although we will take donations up until the holiday, we really want to


Get the Facts Right

I’m bothered when people confuse political opinion with fact. In “American Olim Reflect on the Biden Victory” in the Nov 19 issue, JJ Sussman is quoted as saying, “One thing is clear … the mainstream media and the pollsters lost once again. 90% of the polls had Biden winning by 5% and that didn’t happen.” In fact, Biden won by


The Role of Rabbis

Kudos to Ryan Hyman and Richard Langer for their letters in the November 12 edition of your paper (“In Defense of Our Community” and “Don’t Hide Behind Anonymity”); an advertisement in the previous edition could appear to be delegitimizing our rabbis’ decision to close shuls at the height of the coronavirus, or even to be


School Security Legislation Now Includes Mental Health

Bill S3013, which was introduced in the New Jersey State Senate on October 19, 2020, would change all references of security aid to health and safety aid in the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 and related statutes to reflect that a secure school also includes students’ mental health and well-being. In addition, S3013 would amend the