Sunday, January 19, 2020


It Had to be Said

Someone had to say it.

Something had to be done. Even at the risk of alienating some who call you friend.

It was no fluke that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought both houses of Congress to its feet on several occasions during his highly anticipated


My name is Larry Rothwachs. Last week, I donated a kidney. A little background may be in order. I am not, by nature, a risk taker or a thrill seeker. I don’t ski nor jump out of planes. In fact, I don’t even enjoy thrill rides. The closest I will ever get to a roller coaster is observing my kids from the safe and secure ground

Rabbi Rothwachs’ Selfless Donation

“Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world,”—Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9

Donny Hain has received a new kidney. The joy of this recent news will lift us all into a happy, spirited Purim.

All that he needed was for a hero to step

The Message of Purim

In just a handful of days, we’ll be observing Purim. We will read the Megillah, and our shuls will blessedly be filled with  girls and boys, teens and adults in costume. Neighborhood streets will become crowded with costumed drivers delivering meshloach manot Purim morning. What we should not forget, is the real neshama Purim—it’s

Important Timing of Netanyahu’s Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Conference of Presidents of Major U.S. Jewish Organizations on Monday that it was his “sacred duty” to speak before Congress on March 3.

His speech, he said, would be an attempt to prevent the further nuclear empowerment of Iran, a boost he added

Mr. President, Let’s Start With ‘I’m Sorry’

We need to hear an apology not apologists.

In an interview last Monday, President Barack Obama said, “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in

Holocaust Memorial on Teaneck Municipal Green Would Send Universal Message

The entire Teaneck Township Council stands united in the goal of having a Holocaust Memorial built in our community. Every single member of the Teaneck Township Council has joined the consensus that Teaneck should be the site of a memorial to the victims of the Shoah, one that is at a central site and serves as a beacon of the

Inspiring Hope, One Child at a Time

Our community is home to some of the best and brightest Jewish organizations in the country, and we at the Jewish Link are proud that one of our most enduring stars is Sinai Schools, which tailor-builds yeshiva day school educations for our children with special needs.

Members of our community who

The Case for a Holocaust Memorial in Brett Park

For two years a group of Teaneck residents has been trying to establish a Holocaust memorial in the township. We believe the memorial will serve all of Bergen County as a symbol of tribute to those who were killed during the Holocaust and as an educational and moral symbol to inspire tolerance and respect.

Our preferred site was Andreas Park, on River Road and

Hitchcock, the Holocaust, Documentation and Denial

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and commemorates what the six million died for and the survivors went through for being Jews. Yet it’s not been 70 years, and the Holocaust is being downsized, universalized, revised, and denied. For sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors and World War II

Would You Stay in France?

In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. A few days later I realized I was going through a process similar to mourning. And now I ruminate as I search for meaning.

The responses to the

When Did Jew Become a Dirty Word?

You couldn’t help but notice. In the mainstream media reporting on Paris, journalists died, two cops—a female and Muslim—lost their lives, and so did four hostages (not Jews) in the kosher (not Jewish) supermarket. They were the same Jews as Jews around the world, same as the Jews in Israel. Targets. Infidels. But we don’t cave.