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Friday, April 03, 2020

Editorials

The Most Inspiring Thing I Read This Week: Etan Mirwis’ First-Ever Facebook Post

(Introductory Note: Like many these days during these strange and unsettling days, I have spent perhaps a bit more time than usual in front of my computer and on my phone reading, watching and participating in online events, ranging from virtual minyanim to shiurim by rabbis from near and far, watching my children’s

Living a Plague

In just over a week we will seclude ourselves during the Yom Tov of Pesach. We are already preparing your Jewish Link Pesach edition and hope it will be of some comfort during the long afternoons in isolation.

The fortunate ones among us will share the Seder table with close family members; those who

Developing a New Strength for Each Other, Strength for Our Children

Over the past few weeks, multiple comparisons have been made about what our current predicament is like for our children. Some have said it’s like our children’s 9/11, meaning it’s the first time they’ve ever been faced with a real question about their personal collective safety and the first time that the pain of significant loss

Staying Strong Through the Storm

It has been a truly exhausting week for all of us. It is perhaps not a physically tired feeling, but a mental exhaustion driven by the lack of control over our own world. It may seem as if coronavirus now controls our lives, but we must remember that it is, and has always been, Hashem Who is in control. As Rabbi Aron Moss, of

Balancing Bitachon With Common Sense

Bitachon means trust in Hashem. As we have all read our emails and media headlines with increasing anxiety this week, we have had a variety of reactions. From the panic-stricken to the complacent, it appears there are about as many views about Covid-19 as there are people in this world. Many bar and bat mitzvah celebrations, not to mention

Thoughts on a Special Shul and Community—The Celebrate Beth Aaron Weekend

(Note: I originally planned to publish this in last week’s edition but held off in part due to our paper’s seventh anniversary edition and in part because of the constant and late breaking news about the spread of the coronavirus and its growing impact on our community.)

What a weekend! This

Thoughts on Our Seventh Anniversary

Although I know the coronavirus has everyone on edge in our community and beyond, I cannot let the occasion of The Jewish Link’s seventh anniversary pass by completely unmentioned and unnoticed.

Moments such as these are a wonderful chance to look back and reflect a bit and, most importantly, say thank

Seeking Refuah During a Whirlwind News Cycle

As members of the Jewish community, our staff is intimately aware of the onslaught of emails, concerns, repercussions and quarantines associated with coronavirus having been diagnosed in our community. Primary among our thoughts is to daven, wholeheartedly, for the refuah sheleima of Eliezer Yitzchak ben Shifra, his entire family and

SINAI Schools’ Special Evening: This Sunday Night, February 23

We at The Jewish Link are proud that one of the brightest jewels of our community is SINAI Schools, which provides individualized day school and yeshiva high school education programs for our children with special needs. And this coming Sunday, a thousand of us, many with no children enrolled at SINAI, will attend this year’s SINAI

From Tu B’Shevat to Table Tennis

As any reader of our paper knows, we have a lot going on in our communities, with so many events, programs and all manner of happenings throughout our entire area. Readers and friends will often come and tell me they are literally blown away by how much is going on here and how many events are being

To Me, the AIPAC Policy Conference is All About the Love

For those of you who have never been to the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, let me just say that it has to be experienced to be fully understood. The cavernous room filled with close to 20,000 supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship is only the tip of the iceberg. Video clips and newspaper articles just do not do it justice. I should

Why the World Zionist Organization — And Your Vote — Really Matter

Voices poking holes in America’s previously widespread, collective bipartisan support of Israel have been, in recent years, increasingly critical toward Israel in public fora, supportive of dangerous concessions to the Palestinians and in agreement with the appeasement of Iran.

To be quite frank, these