Monday, September 26, 2022


More to the Abayudaya Story

The story of Dahlyt and Moshe Kese-Berezinbahr, the second of whom is a Ugandan Abayudaya Jew, was truly heartwarming (“Edison Couple Exemplifies Unique International Roots and Courtship” April 28, 2022). It is wonderful that their community recognizes the depth of their Jewish commitment and commitment to one


Highland Park Mayor Responds To Mural Defacement

I strongly condemn anti-Black racism, anti-Muslim hate, antisemitic hate, xenophobic and racial harassment in all of its forms. Those sentiments are abhorrent to our community of Highland Park.

I had the distinct pleasure of talking with the artist Amrisa


Statement by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America On US Supreme Court’s Potential Overturning of Roe v. Wade

On Tuesday, May 3 the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union) issued the following statement:

The Orthodox Union is unable to either mourn or celebrate the news reports of the U.S. Supreme Court’s likely


Jews Still Regress to a Ghetto Mentality in the Face of Danger

Antisemitism and anti-Israel feeling and violence are increasing all over at an alarming rate.

In the April 29 issue of The Jewish Link, there is one story about an ADL audit of antisemitic acts (“Antisemitic Incidents in US Hit All-Time High”) and one


A Rave Review for the Biblical Museum of Natural History

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous sonnet “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” depicts my admiration for The Jewish Link. Not long after our Pesach stay in Israel 5782, The Jewish Link featured a timely article written by Rabbi Natan Slifkin that sparked my immediate attention and interest (“The


Hakarat Hatov

On the last day of school before Pesach break, our daughter Nina was accidentally injured during recess. She was ushered to the office, while we were contacted and informed that she would need stitches. We spent the afternoon with her in the hospital instead of getting some valuable last-minute Pesach preparations.


The Rising Cost of Pesach

At this time of year, like every other year, every Jewish home is faced with the sudden increase of prices of kosher foods. What makes this year different from all other years? In all other years we see an increase in the price of food and supplies, all allegedly necessary to cover the cost of kashering the food


Look to Lakewood

In a recent Jewish Link article, Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, who is the head of rabbinical placement for Yeshiva University, lamented a shortage of modern Orthodox rabbis (“‘Great Resignation’ Impacts Orthodox Rabbinate Too, and What You Can Do,” March 24, 2022). A simple solution would be to turn to Beth Medrash Govoha, the big Lakewood


Is CO2 a Bigger Existential Threat Than A-Bombs?

Yossi Kuperwasser’s commentary “Implications for Israel of a Return to the Dangerous Iran Deal” (March 31, 2022) brings up the much broader issue, not just to Israel, of worldwide nuclear arms in the wrong hands. Russia, with its massive nuclear arsenal, is in a costly fight with Ukraine, and it is not going well.


So Many Schools—So Few Choices

In the 1950s and ’60s in Cleveland, Ohio, where I grew up, there was but one Orthodox day school, the Hebrew Academy. The school, of necessity, accommodated virtually all who wanted to attend. We were a somewhat self-sufficient community. We were blessed to have Telshe Yeshiva nearby, we had Frank’s Hebrew Bookstore,


Thank You to RCCS

I noticed a feature article in this past week’s issue (“Miracle of the Week With Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society,” April 7, 2022) and cannot pass on the opportunity to both express my personal hakarat hatov to that unbelievable organization and vouch for its worthiness of our funds. The bottom line is that they save lives. Although not a


The High School Problem

I wanted to respond to Michael Gottlieb’s letter in The Jewish Link, “After Eighth Grade Comes Ninth Grade” (March 31, 2022.) Thank you for writing this very necessary letter and bringing attention to a major issue in our community.

In your letter you wrote, “The Modern Orthodox schools rejecting

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