Sunday, May 28, 2023


Let's Show Up to Fight Antisemitism

Jewish Link readers are deeply concerned about increasing incidents of antisemitism. A powerful, simple way to show our Jewish communal response will be on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9 a.m., when Matthew Mahrer and Christopher Brown are due in New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term, 111 Center Street, Manhattan, room 733, before Judge Diane


Controversial Diet Ad

I hear that there is some controversy about the diet ad featuring the woman in the white shirt (the Dream Sculpt Body Spa ad, Jan. 6, 2022).

I just want to chime in with my two cents. I do understand what people are saying— that although she is fully clothed


Where Were the Kippot?

Last night, I attended the Bergen County community-wide MLK commemoration at Temple Emeth in Teaneck. Their sanctuary was packed. The honoree, an Episcopalian minister from Teaneck, spoke highly of their church’s partnership with one of the shuls in town in stocking and maintaining their food pantry. The mayor spoke, as did the county


Thank You to Our Parents

Our parents, Mark “Mendy” Schwartz and Karen Orgen, who are also our role models, have taught us that you cannot always control what happens to you, but you alone are in control of your reaction.

We are proud of you always, but now even more so as we witnessed your reaction to the events that


The Cremation Concern

In your most recent issue, Rabbi Ron Yitzchok writes of the “curse of cremation” and how this “plague (is) wreaking spiritual havoc” in the Jewish community (“Cremation: Who Would Have Thought,” January 5, 2023).

I’m staying away from


Body Image

I was enjoying my morning flip through of the paper, but when I got to one full-page ad I forgot which newspaper I was reading. I had to look back at the cover to make sure it was The Jewish Link. I have to imagine the Dream Sculpt Body Spa ad (and its logo) slipped through by accident. I’d sooner read ads promoting


Shocking Ad

As a longtime reader of The Jewish Link it’s my understanding that its central mission is to inspire, educate and inform the observant community by transmitting Torah-based values. Hence, I assume, all the many divrei Torah and articles celebrating chesed organizations or highlighting the goings-on of local yeshiva


The ‘Teaneck Tuvias’ Are Right (Gematria Speaking!)

In making an initial acquaintance of a man from Teaneck (or other frum community), during the course of introductions your new friend will invariably interject that his name, Tuvia, is proudly derived as being “Moshe’s real name.”

This revelation comes from parshas Shemos (Chapter 2:2) where


Thank You

I received many calls and emails from our family and friends who read the article about the important Chanukah event at the Turkish House in New York City (“Turkish Consulate in NY Hosts First-Ever Menorah Lighting Celebration,”December 29, 2022).

As a regular reader of your newspaper, I want to


Calling All Yeshiva High School Wrestlers and Managers

The Henry Wittenberg Invitational has returned, with wrestling commencing on February 17 and 19. On Sunday the 19th at 9:30 a.m., alumni wrestlers and managers will meet for a breakfast. Frisch is hosting the tournament and has graciously agreed to provide space for our breakfast. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with


In Memory of a Fantastic Educator

I wanted to share a few words in memory of one of my beloved teachers, Mr. Stanley Becker, z”l, who passed away recently at the age of 97. Mr. Becker was the assistant principal of general studies during most of my years as a student at Yavneh Academy in Paramus.


Persecuted American Jewish Students

Benjamin Kerstein describes the antisemitism faced by students on US campuses (“Persecuted American Jewish Students Should Study in Israel Instead,” December 29, 2022). He asks how parents can ensure their children can obtain an education while being safe and he suggests the only answer is to send their children to Israel to colleges

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