Sunday, October 24, 2021


Teaching About the Holocaust Is Challenging

Teaching the Holocaust is a very challenging task and should be in the hands of a skilled teacher who is both knowledgeable about the Holocaust and sensitive to the approach that needs to be taken ("Borough of Tenafly, With Wiesenthal Center, Addresses 'Hitler School Project,' July 8, 2021). Not knowing the teacher’s


Analysis Falls Short

As a lover of Israel (35+ visits, support of Israel and Israeli organizations, etc.), I was pleased to see that your July 1 issue had a full page analysis by Alex Grobman, PhD, addressing the question “Did Jews Steal Arab Land?”

He starts with the


Practical as Well as Spiritual Torah Teachings Are Timeless

The Torah in its largest sense is the entire embodiment of Jewish religion, culture, thought and way of life. It is often thought of as the spiritual anchor or foundation upon which to conduct our lives. It is also said that the Torah is equally relevant in all times.


‘Prose’ and Cons

I agree with Michael Feldstein (“My Love Affair With ArtScroll,” July 8, 2021) and feel somewhat similarly regarding ArtScroll. I have some reservations, however. ArtScroll is amazing in what they have accomplished. The breadth and depth of topics available is unprecedented, with various editions of siddurim, chumashim, Gemara and other


Democrats Are Not All the Same

My friend Max Wisotsky wants American Jews to stop supporting the Democratic party (“The Choice for American Jews to Stop Supporting the Democratic Party Should Be Simple” July 1, 2021). Painting with a broad brush, he asserts: “Barack Obama was adored by Jews, in spite of the fact that he and his Democratic administration openly


A Few Thoughts on a ‘Few Thoughts about Birkat HaGomel’

Thank you Michael Feldstein, for your article on Birkat HaGomel (“In Gratitude: A Few Thoughts About Birkat HaGomel,” July 1, 2021). I too have spent time thinking about this bracha. First, I am glad you and your family are well. Second, thank you Rabbi Shalom Rosner for your Daf Yomi shiurim, available on YU.org.


Stick-Like Flexibility

How can Matot and Massei coexist together? Matot connotes leadership, harshness, unbendingness and “stick-like” behavior, while Massei connotes travels, boundlessness, openness and mutual togetherness.

Borrowing on an idea from my late relative Rav Avrohom


Response to Tobin Op-Ed

In his article ostensibly encouraging us all to set aside “finger pointing” and politics in favor of prayer and charity in the face of the Miami condominium disaster, Mr. Tobin nevertheless seizes the opportunity to get in a few shots on the topics of gun control, COVID response and even against fellow Jews practicing tikkun olam


Give Hakarat Hatov to Our Supporters

Kudos to The Jewish Link for stepping up its advocacy efforts this past week in a big way (Editorial: "Presenting Facts and Logic About the Middle East," and advocacy feature "Taste of Home Festival Gets a Taste of Online Intimidation," June 24, 2021). These are not normal times and it shouldn’t be business as usual. Along with pushing back against


The Choice for American Jews to Stop Supporting the Democratic Party Should Be Simple

The case for Jews abandoning their predilection for slavishly voting the Democratic party line should be very simple. Jonathan Tobin is correct when he says that “Omar Forces a Difficult Choice for Jewish Democrats” (June 17, 2021), but I humbly submit that the issue goes way beyond the actions of just the “squad,” as reprehensible


Sharing a Simcha With The Link

I wanted to say thank you for featuring my simcha in The Jewish Link this past weekend. It was so nice to share it with the community. And it was wonderful to see my children’s excitement to see their picture in the newspaper. (Appreciated the rush to get it in before they went to sleepaway camp!) Thank you for always bringing the best Shabbat


Time to End the Jerusalem Day Parade Through the Muslim Quarter

I remember eagerly participating in the Jerusalem Day Parade many years ago as a yeshiva student in Israel for the year. While on the march, however, I was somewhat surprised by the young teenagers who were clearly trying to provoke local Arabs by banging on their doors and making some offensive comments. I can’t recall what percentage of those marching were acting



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