Thursday, April 15, 2021


‘Mochers’ Has No Basis in Halacha

The official statement of the soon-to-be-published Mochers Magazine (“Mochers Magazine Celebrates the Jewish Men’s Lifestyle,” February 4, 2021) declares, “Our name represents who we are—bold, brash and in your face.” The intended audience for this message is identified as men “from the right and the left who are Conservadox,


Hatzolah in Teaneck Is Not Necessary

In a community like Teaneck with sucha quickly responsive, well-trained, fully staffed, highly professional and all around wonderfulvolunteer ambulance corps, there is no reason for Hatzolah to set up shop here. This happens every now and again, and is really unnecessary. The point of Hatzolah, which is a


‘Unmasking COVID-19’ Misleading

As an avid Jewish Link reader, I’m aware of The Link’s commitment to publishing a wide range of articles, whether they be controversial or overtly ignorant. However, an article that appeared last week in the “Health Link” titled “Unmasking COVID-19” (February 4, 2021) by Rabbi Dr. Yosef P. Glassman, MD, was


Revisiting Yeshiva Break

I am writing in response to “Common Sense Calendars: The Next Chapter” (February 4, 2021). I want to express my deepest appreciation to Rabbi Alter for his work to make the recommended yeshiva break on the Jewish Education Project calendar overlap with Martin Luther King Day, starting with the 2022-’23 academic


Revisiting the Divorced and Widowed

“Don’t Forget the Divorced and Widowed” (January 28, 2021) was a very good letter. I wholeheartedly agree with the writer; she has some very valuable points. Her idea of calling attention to the various issues that divorced and widowed women must deal with is particularly important.

1. Conjoining the ‘giving of the get’ with other issues involved in a


Enough Anonymous Letters!

I was upset by your publication in the February 4 issue of an anonymous letter to the editor, entitled “Thank You, President Trump.” In this paean to Trump, the author manages to throw in the 2017 riot in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Vilna Gaon; Moses Montefiore; and FDR, among others, ending with an exhortation to


We Are in Dangerous Territory

It’s great reading all the letters to your paper praising President Donald Trump, but sadly most of them end the same—“name withheld by request.” Driving around Teaneck during the months leading up to the election, I would see a sprinkling of Biden signs, but not a single Trump sign, even though I know many of my neighbors voted for


TVAC Sets the Record Straight

We are writing in response to the article in last week’s issue (“Englewood Launches Hatzalah,” January 28, 2021) claiming our organization has “thrown [its] support behind the formation of a Hatzalah division in Englewood.” The leadership of Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TVAC) was not contacted by The


Local Hatzalah Is Unnecessary In Bergen County

There is no need for a local Hatzalah presence in Bergen County (“Englewood to Launch Hatzalah” January 28, 2021).

1) When you call the Hatzalah emergency number, you will be connected to a dispatcher located in another state. When you call 911, you are


Minyan Does Matter

I do have to commend Mr. Caplan for one trait he displayed in last week’s letter: bravery (“Minyan Matters,” January 21, 2021). If I blamed my wife for my own lack of shul attendance, I don’t think she’d take it well. In my personal experience, our minyanim are suffering, and it is an issue even people who


We Still Need to Be Careful This Purim

Given the severity of the spread of COVID-19, it is necessary for people to keep vigilant as Purim approaches. R. Jachter (“Rav Ovadia Yosef Rejects Megilla Reading on Zoom,” January 21, 2021) published in your paper his opinion that one cannot fulfill the mitzvah of Megilla via Zoom, thus encouraging Jews to


Clarification on Hatzalah

Thank you very much for your coverage of the launch of Bergen Hatzalah-Englewood Division (“Englewood to Launch Hatzalah,” January 28, 2021). I appreciated reading of the enthusiastic support for Bergen Hatzalah from TVAC members and Teaneck Deputy Mayor Mark Schwartz and of Councilwoman Karen Orgen.