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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Editorials

Charlottesville, Mahwah and the Worst Version of Ourselves

The world weighs heavily on our shoulders this week. And when I say “our,” I mean all Americans. A white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last weekend has brought to the forefront of our minds the most negative, most hurtful American stereotypes. These represent the very worst version of ourselves as Americans, as

Peaceful Dialogue Is the Way to Go

Charlottesville happened.

President Donald Trump has addressed the situation now on three separate occasions, underscoring the importance of what has now become a national conversation. Many people didn’t feel his comments went far enough in condemning the hate, but his commentary expressed the

Hate Has a Home in Mahwah and Upper Saddle River

August 4 was the date the Township of Mahwah’s government had set for the South Monsey Eruv Fund to remove its eruv, made up of white PVC pipe lechis installed with permission by Orange & Rockland on its poles. With an emergency injunction in place, the eruvin that have been installed in Mahwah and Upper Saddle River are up and have

Cherish Every Moment

As our children grow into tweens, teens and then (gulp) young adults, life changes, sometimes in ways we do not expect. We may anticipate the teenage eye roll, or the turning of a cheek when we try to kiss them publicly, or even that their friends will come to be vital to their very existence. What we may not be ready for is that

Move Forward With the Taylor Force Act

$3,120.

That number is the murderous monthly pension the family of Omar al-Abed will receive should he be convicted and sentenced to 30 years or more for the killings of three Salomon family members two weeks ago in the West Bank town of Halamish.

Three hundred

Jewish Link Aliyah Diary writer and former Teanecker Esti Snukal visited the Jewish Link office this week with her family from Israe

Jewish Link Aliyah Diary writer and former Teanecker Esti Snukal visited the Jewish Link office this week with her family from Israel. Pictured here are: (l-r) Shami Snukal, Esti Snukal, Rafi Snukal, Kobi Snukal, JLNJ office manager Dena Kinderlehrer, & JLNJ co-publisher Moshe Kinderlehrer. Missing from the picture is the oldest Snukal son, Ezra, and

Remembering the Salomon Family Above All Else

There were no metal detectors or cameras outside of the Salomon’s home in the town of Halamish when a lone terrorist came inside and slaughtered three family members last Shabbat night.

The Salomons were finishing up a festive meal honoring the birth of a grandson when a 19-year-old Palestinian

Thinking About Achdut Before  Tisha B’Av: The Lakewood Arrests

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, said the following: “Every Jew—wherever he or she may find themselves, even a solitary Jew in the most remote corner of the earth—must remember that they are part of the whole Jewish people and representatives of the entire Jewish people—the one people ever since the Torah was given at Mount Sinai,

RCBC Issues Statement Supporting TVAC/BVAC

On July 10, the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County (RCBC) widely distributed a letter declaring that it cannot support the creation of a Hatzalah network in Bergen County. The RCBC’s letter is the latest stage in the debate between advocates of local Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Teaneck and Bergenfield, who support the existing

The ‘Blacklist’ and the Spirit of the Three Weeks

This past week, we observed the fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz, commemorating the day that Roman legions broke through the walls of Jerusalem. In less than three weeks, we will observe Tisha B’Av, the day those Romans destroyed the second Temple. The Gemara (Yoma 9b) says that the destruction of the Temple was a punishment for the

Statement from the RCBC Supporting TVAC/BVAC

בס”ד

ט”ז תמוז תשע”ז

July 10, 2017

To whom it may concern,

The rabbis and members of the Bergen County Jewish community take great pride in those among us who participate in their

An Experience and a Reunion: Nefesh B’Nefesh’s First Summer Flight

Exhausted and inspired, I landed a few hours ago on July 4, along with over 200 new olim from North America, on the first Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) charter flight of the summer. It was a special trip for me, but it was particularly life-changing for those I came with. These olim were leaving their