Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Please Support Tomchei Shabbos

I do not work or volunteer for Tomchei Shabbos of Bergen County. Indeed, I am a recipient of their services.

For many years, to the best of my knowledge, Tomchei Shabbos prided itself on being a “no questions asked” organization. If someone was referred to them by a trustworthy source, e.g., a shul


Soncino Chumash Was Overlooked

In his recounting of “The Story of the Hertz Chumash” (June 22, 2017), Mitchell First writes that “another English option did not appear until 1981 when the Reform movement published its own Chumash.”

Inexplicably, he overlooks the hugely


Are Blue Laws Still Warranted and Relevant?

So it took the Jeopardy TV Game show to once again highlight the absurdity of the blue laws that still exist only in Bergen County. It was not surprising that no one on the panel could respond correctly to what the blue laws mean since the mandate promulgated in the 1600s on blue paper in colonial times is no longer relevant to anyone’s


Englewood’s Sylvia Berger Urgently Needs a Kidney

My name is Sylvia Berger. Many of you know me as a grandmother, mother, wife, long-term member of our synagogue and volunteer in this community for over 40 years. You may remember me as a parent of four in Yavneh Academy (Tamar, Ilan, Ari and Shiri), as co-owner of This Is It Boutique in Englewood, as Fair Lawn Hadassah’s past president


Let Us Recognize the Importance of the AFSP

As you may recall, our family lost our talented, brilliant, giving son, Eric Eliezer Levenson, to suicide on February 4, 2016.

I first became aware of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in the month following Eric’s death, as I saw advertisements on buses and trains. My family has


13 Reasons Not to Run an Advertisement

I found the advertisement in the May 18 issue on page G1 for the Tehillim Kollel to be disingenuous at best, sakanat nefashot (endangering a life) at worst.

The headline says: “Tehillim Cured our Daughter’s Depression.” In a world of TL;DR, people may not realize that it was psychological


Let’s Get Resources to Help Those Who Stutter

I would like to comment on your most interesting article “Did Moses Have a Speech Impediment: Part 1” (May 18, 2017). Rather than cite numerous sources, I just want to say that a Google search of the words “Moses stuttering” yields countless sources affirming that he had a stuttering problem.



A More Anguished ‘Lonely Woman of Faith’

For women in Orthodox Judaism, there are many paths toward faith. And in her article “Am I a Lonely Woman of Faith?” (May 18, 2017) my friend Elizabeth Kratz describes one of those


‘Lonely Woman of Faith’ Points Out OU’s Glaring Lack of Roles for Women in Communal Leadership

I read Elizabeth Kratz’s editorial “Am I a Lonely Woman of Faith?” (May 18, 2017) with interest. I’d like to suggest that it is based on at least two unstated, and quite debatable,


American Academy of Pediatrics Does Not Recommend Private Cord Blood Banking

I am writing in reference to what appears to be an article in your health section titled “Why More Jewish Parents Are Banking Cord Blood,” (May 25, 2017). By the end of the article it becomes apparent that this is an advertisement, but it is essential that this be made more apparent from the start because the American Academy of


‘Lonely Woman of Faith’ Rightly Expresses Values

Kudos to The Jewish Link for publishing Elizabeth Kratz’s magnificent essay, “Am I a Lonely Woman of Faith?” (May 18, 2017). It is one of the best pieces we have ever read in your paper.

Mrs. Kratz rightly takes to task journalists who, rather than seeking the truth from all corners, simply (and


Ad’s Message Must Be Considered

I was disappointed to see your recent advertisement entitled “Tehilim Cured Our Daughter’s Depression.” I recognize that your target audience is Orthodox Jewish, and that prayer is a component of faith, but the title is simplistic and silly at best, and quite offensive and hurtful at worst. Think of the message it