Wednesday, September 18, 2019


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.

Appreciate Those Who Protect Us

We all likely know someone who serves as a volunteer for TVAC, Hatzolah, CSS or even a neighborhood watch program. Perhaps you are one of the men and women who choose to be a trained first responder or an important “extra” set of eyes for local police and security agencies. There are rabbis across the country who gladly serve as needed chaplains as a way to give

Why I Make Project Ezrah Part of My Purim Day

When I was a child, I would hop out of the car with one of my mother’s brightly colored Purim baskets and run up to the houses of our family friends. It was always fun to ring a doorbell and bestow this special, joyful gift. Perhaps my costume was admired, or maybe I was patted on the head, but more than likely I was greeted with a grin

Raising the Bar of Debate and Disagreement

It hardly can go unnoticed that several of the Letters to the Editor published in recent editions of the Jewish Link indicate that there is squabbling and public second guessing going on between both incumbent and would-be Teaneck office holders, as well as community critics whose personal perspectives or allegiances are unknown or

Let’s ‘Shine a Little Light’ on ALS

Last week, I casually shared a video on Facebook. It was a beautiful, professionally produced music video featuring some of the “Jewish greats” performing today… Many names I recognized: Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Benny Friedman (of “Todah!” fame), Gad Elbaz and of course The Maccabeats, of whom my children are

Seeking Clarity and Integrity Heading Into Town Elections

Teaneck voters need a break.

From what?

In this day and age, political debates on network news stations resemble reality TV. Problem is, nothing seems surprising anymore. If anything, Donald Trump’s bombast and rants, which sometimes draw his rivals to come back

Feeling All ‘Berned Out’

Bernie Sanders, this nation’s first Jewish presidential candidate, could get no closer to the recent AIPAC Policy Conference than Utah, because of time constraints, according to his campaign.

Yet he comes to New York and is suddenly effusive in his Jewish pride. And where does he give this speech? In

Reconnecting With Mitzrayim This Pesach

On Friday night when we sit down at our seder tables, it will matter less how we feel about the contentious presidential campaign, the hateful BDS movement, ISIS and the rise of European anti-Semitism.

Passover is a time to reset our spiritual clocks, when we retell the story of our ancestors’ exodus

Why Your Teaneck Council Vote Is Important, and Why You Should Vote for My Friend, Mark Schwartz

As I write this, we are now less than a week away from next Tuesday’s (May 10) important Teaneck Council election. As the co-publisher of this Jewish community paper, I write now with two fairly simple thoughts and, yes, perhaps even requests, if you will grant me that courtesy.

My first request is to