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Saturday, October 31, 2020
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Letters

The Importance of American Jewish History in Race Relations

I read with interest Ariel Levenson’s article, “Time to Raise Our Voices” (August 13, 2020).

Later in the day, my perusal of a book on Jewish history gave me pause to consider. I wonder how many students in modern yeshivot have ever heard the names:

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A Summer to Remember at Camp Mesorah

As a parent of a child who experienced firsthand the Mesorah Magic I want to publicly thank Deena and Ari Katz and their committed, selfless staff. Words obviously cannot describe the gratitude we as parents feel for what you all have done and given to our children. You have truly altered the course of their lives, no

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Fair Lawn Jewish Community Supports FLVAC

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Jewish community of Fair Lawn wanted to support both local kosher businesses and the members of the Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance Corps by providing sustenance to those serving the community.

A group of Fair Lawn synagogues

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Rabbi Gary Beitler, Hero

My wife and I write to publicly express our thanks to Rabbi Gary Beitler. His efforts in opening Camp Shoresh, which drew to a successful close last week, were nothing short of heroic. In only a few short months, with confusion and uncertainty everywhere, R. Beitler managed to first locate and then secure use of an excellent facility in a

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Mask Up

I am writing in support of Nina Glick’s article titled “The World Is Topsy Turvy” (August 6, 2020). I too am worried and concerned about how many in the frum community have abandoned masking and social distancing.

About a week ago I had to go to a satellite office of Hackensack University Medical

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Is It Time to Reevaluate The Trees in Our Town?

One doesn’t need to look far to see the damage of the tropical storm that struck [last] Tuesday. Just walking along the streets of Teaneck, you see 100-foot oak trees have decimated and destroyed streets, electricity wires, houses and everything in between. The major catalyst in the damage has been the neighborhood’s

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Thanks to Rabbi Winkler

Many thanks to Rabbi Neil Winkler for his weekly commentary on the haftarah. Before the pandemic, I confess that I fell into the shul-going group Rabbi Winkler described that “failed to follow the (haftarah) reading carefully.” Typically the haftarah reading barely registered as a blip on my Shabbat learning

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Yeshiva Tuition: A Community-Based Solution

The past few weeks have featured excellent articles and discussions on the topic of tuition assistance and how to solve the unmanageable burden placed on middle-income families to provide quality dual-curriculum yeshiva education to our children. I have not yet seen any practical solutions presented that can increase

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On the Westchester AGI Tuition Assistance Plan

William Hochman takes me to task for not recognizing a “solution” that has been proposed by lay leaders to the unsustainability of our yeshiva day school system that I’ve been writing about (“More on Tuition Assistance,” August 6, 2020). I am well aware of the program in Westchester (and similar ones in other

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Postscript on Tuition Assistance

I’d like to bring to the attention of the readers an interesting community directive from the city of Metz that relates to the recent discussion about tuition assistance. (“Is Tuition Assistance Tzedakah?’ July 30, 2020) We can learn from it the sensitivity a community must have for those that request tuition

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School Choice Should Enter the Conversation

As the father of a yeshiva high schooler, I’ve been swimming in the tuition assistance cholent for the past decade. Over the last few weeks, I’ve tried to follow the well-reasoned points/counterpoints on this subject in the pages of The Jewish Link, but I have to admit one thing puzzles me. Why has there not been a single mention—not

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Project Ezrah Truly Helps

Many organizations have stepped up during these "unprecedented" times. I have been the recipient of one of these organizations: Project Ezrah. In late March, I found myself laid off from my job. This was a new phenomenon for me, having worked for the last 20 years. The employment landscape has changed since I first started working. With

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