Friday, August 06, 2021


The Case for Machine Shmura Matzah

I would like to suggest to the author of the Letter to the Editor, “Why is Shmurah Matzah Different From All Other Matzah?” (April 8, 2021), an alternative, a perfectly Halachic acceptable solution.

As you may know, what the author refers to as “Shmurah Matzah” is a misnomer. The full name of the


Robocall Danger

Like many of us I get robocalls. Most I screen out, but there’s the occasional call selling solar panels or extended car warranties.

Yesterday afternoon I received a robocall selling DEATH: a 718 area code number and a “heimishe” voice warning me and


Our Diet Directly Impacts Our Cancer Risk

I am responding to Dr. Alfred Neugut’s article titled “Diet and Cancer” (April 8, 2021). Does diet affect cancer? Unquestionably, indisputably and undeniably, YES!!! Nothing interacts with our cells more intimately than the food we eat!



The Structure of Our Day Schools

The article “A Strategic Reset for Day School Finances” (April 8, 2021), brought to the surface some thoughts I have about the experiences and knowledge given over at local yeshivot. The author wrote: “While some of the all-boys high schools devote more time to Gemara and less time to Tanach than their coed


Testosterone Does Not Cause Clots

I am writing in response to a letter by Dr. Joshua Kra (“Testosterone Benefits Questionable” March 11, 2021) regarding the use of testosterone therapy. I appreciate that Dr. Kra read my article (“Testosterone: Benefits and Misconceptions” March 4, 2021) and took the time to respond. He expressed concern that the elevated red blood


A Friendship Born Through Letters

I never met Max Wisotsky personally. As an avid letter writer and passionate supporter of Israel and Jewish causes, I met Max virtually through a mutual friend. That friend recognized that we would be a compatible fit, since both Max and I have the same mindset regarding these two subjects. Similarly, both Max and I share


Why Is Shmurah Matzah Different From All Other Matzah?

Now that Pesach is over, I feel compelled to ask: Am I the only one who feels like they are at a roulette wheel in a casino every time I open a box of shmurah matzah?

For $20+ per pound, it is the single most expensive food item on my Seder table: more than brisket, more than corned beef. Yet, each time


The System Is Hurting the Children

I am haunted by the description of high school acceptance described by Yaffa Sheva Klein in last week’s Link, “The Choices We Make and Those That Are Made for Us” (March 18, 2021).

What would the Chafetz Chaim say? What would the Rebbe say? Where is the


On Rabbi Jachter’s Approaches To Seudah Shelishit This Shabbat

In his fine treatment of approaches to seudah shelishit on Shabbat erev Pesach (“Seudah Shelishit on Erev Pesach That Falls on Shabbat: Practical Solutions for Sephardim and Ashkenazim,” March 18, 2021), Rabbi Jachter omits a remarkable solution advanced in the Zohar and cited by Rav Avraham Gumbiner (17th century


Vaccine Selfies Have a Place

In response to R. Student’s Torah Musings (“Vaccine Selfies,” March 18, 2021), I wish to offer the following:

1. I sincerely hope he does not have to wait that much longer to get vaccinated.

2. That being said, I’d like to describe my experience when I


Thank You From The Sugarman Family

On behalf of Emunah Achuzat Sarah, Ilan and the Sugarman family would like to thank his friends and family who made possible Sunday’s Shugee Run. It was a sunny and beautiful morning, and Ilan’s grade was geared up and ready to run with him for an amazing cause.

Because of the


Purim Satire Was Offensive And Insensitive

As Muslims and residents of Teaneck, where the common beliefs and respect for people of different faiths always triumphs any derogatory opinions, we condemn the article published in your newspaper titled “100,000 Palestinians Shot by Israeli Soldiers” (February 25, 2021) that our community finds highly offensive.



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