Thursday, April 15, 2021


Pollard’s Disproportionate Sentence

I would like to respond to U.S. Army, retired, Col. Carl A. Singer’s letter to the editor regarding Jonathan Pollard (“Pollard Is No Hero,” January 7, 2021). In his own words, the author claims that Jews in the U.S. intelligence services were suspected of dual loyalties as a result of Pollard’s espionage. Fair enough. I, as well as


Pollard Is No Hero

Jonathan Pollard is a traitor to the United States of America. His misguided actions resulted in little to no valuable intelligence that Israel was not already privy to.

He cast a shadow of dual-loyalty upon Jews working in the classified arena, myself included.

I was


Clarifying the Battle for Religious Freedom

I would like to publicly thank Mr. Gelfond for his concern for religious freedom and kavod shamayim as shown in his letter “The Battle for Religious Freedom” (December 31, 2020) regarding the worrying group “Secular Democrats of America.”

I would also





Rabbi Greene's Insight

I read Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene’s article “My Tallit” (December 24, 2020) with much interest. I always enjoy and gain much from reading his columns on a variety of topics in Jewish education. He is a valuable resource with much insight into current hot topics in this area. When he speaks and offers suggestions, people should pay heed.


When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

It is hard to fathom what this past year has been like. Exactly a year ago 90,000 of us were celebrating with joy one of the momentous events in modern Jewish times, the Siyum Hashas in MetLife Stadium. But shortly thereafter, and for the rest of the year no more than 10, 20 or 30 of us were allowed in shul at the same time. In addition,


Shidduch Responsibility Should Be Shared

I was disappointed in the initial emphasis of the response by Rebbetzin Sobolofsky to the dilemma of the out-of-town dater (“Advice for the Out of Town Dater,” December 17, 2020). Though the response eventually got around to the message that both the young man and the young woman would be better served by being more flexible and engaged


Respect Will Take You a Long Way

In Rabbi Kuperberg’s article “The Pros and Cons of Longevity” (December 24, 2020), the author states that the Torah promises longevity for only two specific mitzvot: honoring one’s parents and shiluach hakan.

There is actually a third mitzvah noted at the end of Ki Tetze that also promises


The Battle for Religious Freedom

The newest edition of the movement to transform the United States into something it never was intended to be comes in the form of the Secular Democrats of America. They advocate for a dismantling of the most fundamental right in this country: freedom of religion. This is in no way intended to be a referendum on religion or secularism. It is


Kudos to Our Schools’ Principals and Teachers

Who besides doctors, nurses and hospital staff are the continuous responders today in our community? The answer is teachers and principals. At the beginning of the pandemic, the principals and teachers in the schools figured out a way to do remote learning for the children of our community. After this, they opened the doors to school with


A Letter to Mordechai Schmutter

For too long has our community paper been plagued with over-discussed topics like the tuition crisis, COVID-19, new Teaneck restaurants and the tuition crisis. This leaves equally important topics fallen by the wayside. It is high time these issues are brought to the forefront.

Mr. Schmutter (if that is your real name): Week after week, my 7-year-old daughter


Pay It Forward

I saw something similar to this for a different industry and decided I would try to pay it forward. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the pandemic does not impact all equally. Although COVID has upended many industries, it has also helped others at the same time. Not surprisingly, mortgages are up and the reality is, demand for