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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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Letters

Thank You to Our Elected Officials

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all of those in our Teaneck municipality and elected officials, medical care providers, rabbinate, and fellow residents who have risen to the occasion during this difficult period. Times of crisis can bring out the best or worst in human nature and I am proud to be a Teaneck resident

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Coronavirus and Israel Yeshivas and Seminaries

Considering current events, I feel the need to share some words of advice to parents who may go through the yeshiva/seminary (or any post-high school program) selection process next year. In the coming fall, parents and students will listen to the presentations given by program representatives, at the school and at Israel

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Expressing Thanks to Local Leaders

This is indeed a challenging time. There is no way around that. Whether it’s people actually fighting an illness, parents struggling to keep their kids educated and entertained, trying to find household essentials and to say nothing of our concern for the economy, our jobs etc.

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Coronavirus, Quarantines and Daf Yomi

In the March 5 issue of The Jewish Link of New Jersey there was a letter from my son Dan describing an accelerated Daf Yomi cycle which I began online (“Kol hakavod Dad!”). I call it ‘Chap-A-Daf ‘ since I access it whenever I have spare time during the day or night. This concept of learning more than one daf a day

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The Pesach Program Industry and Staying Positive

Passoverlistings.com has become the #1 “Pesach Only” Jewish travel website where Pesach travelers can see pricing, details, and reliable reviews on over 150 Pesach programs around the world. Our goal is to continue the transparency and visibility of the Pesach program industry for Pesach customers. We provide an

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Listen to the Leadership

I know everyone is tired of hearing about COVID-19, but the number of “Baruch Dayan Ha’emes” emails I have received in only two days is staggering. What shocks me to no end is that people are still not practicing social distancing. I have seen playdates between children and adults as well. I’ve heard excuses as to why they think

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I’m a Resident at an NYC Hospital, and There’s Something Our Community Needs to Hear

My name is Yoni Bardash. I am an internal medicine resident in NYC and have been treating coronavirus patients all week. I’ve treated 25 positive patients and have an additional 50 patients actively being tested. Every day our numbers are increasing, our resources and supplies are more limited, residents, nurses, and medical providers have been exposed and are

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An Open Letter from Dr. Daniel Berman and Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt and Psak Halacha from Rabbi Hershel Schachter, shlita

(Courtesy of Torahweb.org) The coronavirus causes COVID-19, a very dangerous and contagious infection, far more dangerous and contagious than the flu (influenza). Not only individuals with pre-existing conditions are vulnerable. Anyone over age 50, although robust and healthy, is vulnerable to potentially life-threatening

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The Hidden Message Of Coronavirus?

We all know the story: A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help. Soon, a man in a rowboat came by and shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.” The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me.” So the rowboat went on.

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Smachot in Difficult Times

Although the calendar still says Adar, simcha feels in very short supply. However, my lack of simcha pales in comparison to what I imagine are the feelings of families in our community who have had to cancel, delay or dramatically downsize planned smachot.

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Social Isolation: Not Such a New Reality

As the new reality sets in, and all the social constructs of life begin to change, many of us are grappling with the concept of forced isolation. For any society, but especially a society as interconnected as ours, forced isolation, especially with little preparation time, has been jarring. This new existence may give us the opportunity to

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Purim Satire Goes Too Far

In the pre-Purim edition of The Jewish Link, there was a Purim satire section. Among the various articles written, two stood out to me. Firstly, was the article written by Nina Glick (Glina Nick) “Too Many Pics of Women #UnsubscribeMe,” March 5, 2020) which ridiculed those who wish not to see pictures of women in

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