Thursday, August 06, 2020

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Is Corona a Wake-Up Call?

After witnessing the second plane hit the second twin tower on 9/11, I flew to Bnei-Brak to seek the counsel of my late relative Rav Avrohom Genechovski, zt”l. During my stay he quoted a verse from Tanach that says buildings are not permanent structures—though I don’t remember the exact verse. I can’t seek his advice anymore to


Dr. Shimshon Isseroff 's Immense Contribution

While I welcome the wonderful article about Dr. Shimshon Isseroff (“Chidon Honors Champion of Talmud Torah,” May 7, 2020), it must be stated that it barely captures the immense contribution he has made to 20th-century Jewish education in America. His pioneering work in standardizing congregational schools cannot be


Calling Out Mayor De Blasio

Dear Mayor De Blasio,

I recently woke up to find a tweet from you admonishing the “Jewish community” for violating the social distancing laws in New York City. Shame on you, Mayor De Blasio, for accusing an entire religious community of breaking the law. Just as I don’t believe that the actions of


A Viral Opportunity: Let RCBC Take the Lead

Gershon Distenfeld’s recent article (“A Viral Opportunity,” April 23, 2020) has struck a chord, and seems to be generating a groundswell of support in the community. Many of us agree that a lifestyle where a family needs to be in the country’s wealthiest 2% just in order to meet the basic necessities is inappropriate and


Yeshivot Need To Cancel Yeshiva Week

I want to address Gershon Distinfeld’s article about finding ways to reduce communal costs with a call to action to our yeshivot (“A Viral Opportunity,” April 23).

It’s time to cancel winter vacation or shorten it to a long weekend. The costs involved


Not Taking This Seriously

I am writing this letter on Motzei Shabbos on May 2. Today was a very beautiful day with 70 degree weather and I had the opportunity to walk around Teaneck. I was very disappointed to see so many people not taking our current situation seriously. I saw many community members walking but not social distancing and, most


Make Sure to Mail in Your Ballot and Vote

We know that the last thing on your mind is elections, but we must continue to do our parts to ensure the vitality of our community both now and in the future. Our community’s success depends upon what each of us does between now and May 12.

Due to the


A Viral Opportunity? Not So Simple

In “A Viral Opportunity,” (April 24, 2020) Gershon Distenfeld makes excellent points about focusing on modesty in our spending decisions in order to reduce the financial pressure of living in our community. However, he also misleadingly touts Yeshivat He’Atid’s financial model as being a paradigm for reducing the community’s


Thank You for Quick Response To Talleisim Need

Last week, Hebrew Free Burial Association put out a request for talleisim on TeaneckShuls and on HFBA’s Facebook Page. Since then, HFBA has received over 1500 talleisim from all over the United States, but most from Teaneck, Bergenfield, New Milford, Englewood, Passaic, Clifton and Riverdale.



Thank You, RCBC

A note of sincere thanks to members of the RCBC. The RCBC rabbis showed incredible foresight, vision and courage in forcing our way of life to be altered in unimaginable ways, for the sake of the common good. At first glance, the pronouncement published on March 12 (“Bergen County Rabbinical Council Shutters Minyanim, Restaurants,


‘Move Teaneck Forward’ With Michael Pagan

My son Michael Pagan is running for Teaneck Council and I am encouraging you to please vote for him and his two outstanding running-mates, Deputy Mayor Mark Schwartz and Karen Lew Orgen. My son is a member of the Senior Citizen Advisory Board and recognizes the importance of improving and maintaining the Richard Rodda Center, which is so


A Gabbai and Chazzan, Working From Home

This year we, the Jewish community, spent Pesach at home with our immediate families, many of us for the first time in a long time. In these unprecedented times, grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts and extended family were left to spend the Seders and long Yom Tovim alone.

Each year previously,