Thursday, August 22, 2019


Prayers for Shimon Peres

As the Jewish Link went to press late Wednesday, Shimon Peres, Israel’s elder statesman, was hanging on to life after suffering a severe stroke on Tuesday. He has been described as being in “serious but stable condition.”

Peres, who served as prime minister and went on to retire as Israel’s ninth president, was the winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize

As Summer Nears Its End

To the carpool moms and dads driving their precious cargo from the close of summer vacation to the opening days of school.

To the high school and college students getting used to moving through the hallways of academia to new classes and teachers, who just weeks ago as camp counselors found herding kittens easier than moving their young campers from activity to

Rebbetzin Jungreis’ Visit

Before there was the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group and before there was “Students for Justice in Palestine” there was another grave threat to Jews on college campuses that sought to destroy the very essence of Jewish life. It threatened to steal college kids from their own communities, one by one. The perpetrators sought to take away the

Elul: We’ve All Got Work to Do

The summer is ending, even if the heat and humidity remain for a time. Our children will head back to school after Labor Day next week.

It’s been a summer season of drama for our country. We watched as our two major political parties held nominating conventions, placing the Republican business tycoon Donald Trump against the former first lady, New York

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, z”l

Last Yom Kippur, the Ribono Shel Olam decreed that one of the world’s most outstanding advocates for hope, forgiveness and return would complete her lifelong mission.

Rabbi Esther Jungreis left us at 80 years old on Tuesday, a matter of days before we enter the Hebrew month of Elul, when we

Entering Uncharted Waters With Teens

It’s an interesting phenomenon that when a couple has a baby, everyone warns them about the impending sleepless nights, possible colic, bottle versus breastfeeding, appropriate car seats and more. However, not one of those well-meaning friends or relatives ever warns them about what comes next. Not next as in

Rep. Scott Garrett Readies for General Election Fight

Hackensack—Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), whose district encompasses most of Bergen County and portions of Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties, is facing the most well-funded general election challenge since his first win in 2002. As he seeks his eighth term in Congress, he sat down with The Jewish Link at the

Christie’s Important Anti-BDS Signing

On Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that all New Jersey Jewish residents can agree to laud. New Jersey bill S1923 will prohibit any of the state’s pension and annuity funds from being invested in companies that would boycott Israel or Israeli businesses or have any part of the destructive Boycott, Divestment and

Teaching Our Children to Await the Temple

Our children are watching, listening and learning. Because Tisha B’Av falls in the summer, we would argue that children learn more about the tenor of the day from their parents than from any other source.

We can worry out loud about the discomfort of the fast. We can compare it to the difficult day of

The Pope’s Missed Chance

The revered Pope Francis was uniquely positioned to take a stronger stance on a brutal act of terrorism when he visited Auschwitz last week. He saw for himself how unthinkable crimes against a particular people of faith, in this case the Jews, were caused by the Nazis’ feverish urgency to exterminate the Jews. The pope’s only comments

Reflecting on My 25th High School Reunion

Earlier this week, I attended what I consider to be a major life event. With nearly 40 of my former high school classmates, we met in Midtown Manhattan to reconnect, see each other, catch up, network a bit and just generally be with each other a quarter century later as members of the class of 1991 from MTA—The Marsha

The ‘Red’ Flag of Philadelphia

When the gavel closes out this year’s Democratic National Convention, with just over 100 days remaining until November 8’s general election, the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will come at one another like two prize fighters throwing punches at the sound of the bell.