Monday, February 17, 2020


Don Greenberg’s Hall of Fame Moment

Sandy Koufax’s ERA: 2.76, a Major League MVP pitcher for the Dodgers. Don Greenberg’s GPA: 3.93, a triple major valedictorian for Binghamton University (See story on page 31).

Many of us draw Jewish pride from the legendary story of how Koufax refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World

The Transformative Power of Shavuot

Shavuot is an opportune time to reflect on and to revitalize our connection with Hashem and with our family members. Jewish tradition compares Matan Torah, the focal point of the Shavuot holiday, to both conversion and marriage, the two contemporary halakhic mandates for a person to immerse in a mikvah. Immersion offers purification and

The Holy See’s Blind Judgment

He’s come across as a person who sincerely wants to unify the world. Yet Pope Francis and the Vatican’s official recognition of the state of Palestine Wednesday is doing just the opposite when it comes to a negotiated Middle East peace. Vatican spokesmen have said that the Pope was merely “switching” its diplomatic relations from

It’s That NORPAC Time of the Year

Next Wednesday some 1,475 delegates from this region will be going by bus, car, van and train as part of the 2015 NORPAC Mission to Washington, D.C.

This annual event is where “tachlis” is spoken between citizen activists and members of both houses of Congress. The Washington Convention Center will

Celebrating Our Community’s Chidon Stars

It’s not every day that a Teaneck teen meets Prime Minister Netanyahu and Natan Sharansky. But Tehila Kornwasser is not an everyday student, and since she placed 10th in the world in the International Chidon HaTanach (Bible Quiz), held in Israel and aired on live television on Yom Ha’atzmaut, we seriously doubt this is the most

Israel Sends Rescue Teams, No Questions Asked

At seemingly every opportunity, the world is quick to send any negative comments or criticisms towards Israel.

Israel does what it can to rise above the hollow rhetoric. What the Jewish State often will do is speak with action instead of words.

Such is the case as we

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein; We Miss Him Already

His well-known modesty would probably cause him a slight bit of embarrassment by our words.

On Monday, the Religious Zionist/Modern Orthodox worldwide community lost one of its true gedolim.

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, 81, died last Monday. He is irreplaceable. He was

Our Impactful New Jersey Senators

We know that many of our readers, friends and community members have been keeping an eye on the diplomacy of the Obama administration and its recent nuclear negotiations with Iran.

It’s unfortunate that the President has sought to establish a foreign policy legacy for himself at what appears to be the


Editor’s Note: This poem, written last year by then-TABC Senior Yosef Greenfield, was subsequently awarded third place in the Siegelbaum Literacy Competition sponsored by the Holocaust Museum and Study Center in Rockland County. Greenfield, a Teaneck native, is currently studying in Israel at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh and plans to

The Teaneck Turkeys Are Back

Originally sighted last fall by many Jewish Link readers, the past week’s spring awakenings have included a return of many neighborly interactions with residents and a flock of full grown, beautiful wild turkeys. Rumors abound as to where they live, from Downing Street to the back of the Keter Torah parking lot,

Wishes for a Happy Pesach

We know that the discussion of the day within our community often puts the focus on our differences. One person may see himself as a “Modern” Orthodox Jew. Another is loving his newfound Neo-Chassidish inner self. Still others are Yeshivish and see the world in their way.

But we’d like to think

How Much Does Unity Cost?

Members of the Jewish community rightly strive for unity. Orthodox, Reform, Conservative... we are all Jews yet we wear denominational labels that seem like a remnant of last century. We are good at getting along on the individual level; can’t we unite organizationally and institutionally? We are one people yet we have different shuls and