Monday, February 17, 2020


Thank You, OU, For Reminding Us

We thank the Orthodox Union for saying [stating the obvious] “We cannot countenance a response to terror [substitute any act you do not like] that resorts to wholesale demonization [of Muslims, Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Ethiopians, Jews from other streams of Judaism, or other ethnic groups and religions] advocates for the collective

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done. They Said Nobody Could Do It…BUT

They have done it. At long last, the rabbis with heart and the rabbis with courage, who promised women over a year ago, that they would establish a special beit din to deal with issues of igun, have done so in Riverdale, NY, just across the Hudson from Bergen County.

They promise to work on the issues of freeing agunot, the chained women who are left in limbo

Words Can Kill

Students of genocide, students of war, understand the importance of words. Without them, it would be impossible to construct “the other,” “the enemy.” Lies and gross generalizations lead to fear, anger, hatred and violence. And for the last five months in Jerusalem, words have done more than their fair share of killing. The two

The View from the GA

Oxon, Md., right outside of DC is a picturesque setting for a family reunion, and that’s what it felt like at the GA, the General Assembly of the North American Federations. Lots of energy was spent discussing pressing issues that face our collective Jewish community, up to and including an inordinate amount of time discussing the Israel/America relationship in light

Remembering Jewish War Veterans on Veterans’ Day

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, we realized that the people in our community who serve or served in the U.S. Armed Forces have little or no relevance to the rest of us–whether they are observant or not. Today, few Jews are members of the U.S. military, and were it not for the IDF there would be even fewer Jews ever facing combat, though

Mea Culpa, Apologies to Rabbi Zierler and the Jewish Center of Teaneck

It is never easy to swallow one’s words and apologize for a serious mistake in public, but the Jewish Link is taking responsibility for a miscommunication that created a front page headline last week that did harm to Rabbi Lawrence Zierler. Our headline and the lead paragraph were wrong. Rabbi Zierler was not laid off. He

We Salute the Shabbos Project 2014

Kol Hakavod to the many families in our community who have been busily planning, organizing, cooking, baking, inviting and getting ready to host guests for the Bergen County Shabbos Project taking place this Shabbos, Parshas Noach. We share the enthusiasm imparted by South Africa’s chief rabbi Warren Goldstein, who successfully encouraged

Things That Go Boom in the Night

God works in mysterious ways. A huge explosion at about 11 p.m. Sunday Tehran time, shook the city, and every window within a 15-mile radius of a place called Parchin, broke. Parchin is 19 miles from Tehran. You may have heard of it. It’s a bone of contention in the negotiations with Iran. They don’t want to let anyone in.

School Daze

Open School Days are upon the community, as parents taste and sample the offerings at the educational institutions that will take responsibility for their children. Baruch Hashem, Bergen County is blessed with many such fine institutions, and parents have plenty to choose from. Of course, each school has its own programming, with its own hashkafot, or philosophies of

Looking Back and to the Future: Keeping Our Balance

This is JLBC’s second Rosh Hashanah in print, and we are grateful that so many of you responded to us with great enthusiasm and a sense of participation and community. We have much to celebrate, including all our neighbors in Bergen County and beyond. We thank those who have contributed their articles, thoughts and letters to make this a neighborhood newspaper with

The Deadline is But One Week Away

Since Washington did away with polity and comity among Republicans and Democrats back in the 80s, divisiveness and acrimony have tainted every aspect of our lives. From the right and left, and the left and the right, religiously and politically, no one can agree to disagree anymore. The enmity and viciousness that accompany these opinions have led people to demand that

Strange Bedfellows and Action at Last

It has taken a while for the President and the State Department to get their act together in order to fight ISIS. Amazingly ISIS is openly recruiting all over Europe, in cities like Split, Croatia. That’s not a surprise, because the Balkans were where the original battles against Islamic terrorists were fought as early as 1990, when Sarajevo exploded. Since then, no