Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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Misleading Tehillim Service

I am writing this as a big fan of the Jewish Link; I read your newspaper every Shabbat and my husband and I enjoy discussing many of the articles. However, there has been an advertisement repeatedly featured in your paper that is antithetical to what our community stands for. I am referring to the Tehillim Kollel


Let’s Keep Our Purim Traditions

I’m writing in regard to the letter in this past week’s Link titled “Kudos to the ‘Spirit of Purim’ Letter Writer” (March 5, 2020) by Jessica Savitt. With all due respect to Mrs. Savitt, the people that participate in the distribution of mishloach manot do contribute to tzedaka. They are shul goers and baalei mitzvos and


Project Benjamin Correction

I am not one to jump on every newspaper error and criticize. But whoever wrote the article (“From Latin Crosses to Jewish Stars of David,” March 5, 2020) made so many mistakes in just a few paragraphs, that for the sake of the men who have spent hours and days and months organizing the events, I must speak


Pesach Response to the Glicks

I have spent many years at home making Pesach and have also gone away to a resort for many years.

After reading Rabbi and Nina Glick’s column (“Coronavirus and Us,” March 5, 2020), I felt a need to respond. I was disturbed by the negative comments


News I Didn’t Find in The Link

1) At the Ma’ayanot dinner this past Saturday night, I was so impressed by the three students who made a siyum on Masechet Berachot. Not only did these very wise young ladies ask those in attendance who were also keeping up with the daf, and also finished Berachot, to stand and join them as they recited the Hadran, but


Kudos to ‘Spirit of Purim’ Letter Writer

I am responding to a letter to the editor entitled “Bring Back the Spirit of Purim,” by Michelle Kohn in the February 27, 2020 issue. I want to say kudos to Ms. Kohn for writing this absolutely necessary letter addressing the ridiculously expensive cost of Purim these days due to peer pressure, media pressure and


A Purim Response: Bring Back the Spirit of Purim

While I agree with some of the things that were mentioned in the letter “Bring Back the Spirit of Purim” (February 27, 2020), I would like to offer some counterpoints.

I think a lot of the pressure that people feel has to do with where they live. It is also oftentimes a product of ourselves


A Different Take on Mishloach Manot

I appreciated the letter by Michelle Kohn,”Bring Back the Spirit of Purim” (February 27, 2020). She wrote that Purim has become an extravagant and unnecessary burden because of the outrageous expenses, time and energy spent. The law is to give to at least one person two kinds of food. Many of us go way overboard.


Kol HaKavod, Dad!

Editors’ note: The following letter was sent to the Daf Yomi Commission by the author, expressing hakarat hatov to his father, Highland Park's own Max Wisotsky, for starting the daf at age 87.

The grand siyum we experience is so much bigger and


Five Slates for Orthodoxy

This past week a letter to the editor ("The Importance of World Zionist Elections on March 11," by Odelya Jacobs) indicated, in error, that there are four slates running for the World Zionist Congress that are affiliated with Orthodoxy. There are actually five slates, as the letter writer omitted Dorshei Torah Vetziyon-(DTT), Slate number


Meaningful ‘In Memoriam’ Article

I read with sincere sadness the memoriam letter submitted by Gershon Distenfeld. ("A Mother's Message to Her Sons," February 20, 2020)

Thank you to The Jewish Link for continuing to publish “In Memoriam” articles. It should certainly help readers remember their loved ones, who have passed on.


Bring Back the Spirit of Purim

I think we might have killed off Purim. The spirit of the chag has been lost and it’s time to fight to get it back. Please hear me out for a few minutes. I am petitioning the community to initiate a change. Purim has become a huge burden and we need to agree to stop the madness and keep it simple and joyful!