Sunday, December 08, 2019


We Couldn’t Do It Without You

It is hard to believe how fast a year can go by when you are focused on serving the contemporary Orthodox community in Bergen. It’s an experience that has opened our eyes into how our neighbors interact, and how we mesh together as a Jewish community that spans a diverse and well-meaning world. We could not make this a successful newspaper without the assistance of

The Challenge of Covering the Contemporary Orthodox Community

When we took on the responsibility of publishing the Jewish Link of Bergen County, we knew we were in for an adventure, but we didn’t realize how challenging it would be. Some of our colleagues thought we were crazy to put a print newspaper together. But we knew we had a vibrant community to cover, one whose residents and readers, on both sides of the Hudson—from

Give From Your Heart, Give to Sinai Schools

The vast majority of those who support Sinai Schools, both by attending the annual dinner and by yearly donations, are not themselves parents of Sinai students. They are members of our community who are merely witness to the immense benefit of the schools’ work, both for their own families and for themselves.

The financial burden on Sinai Schools parents,

Mazel Tov! RCA & Rabbinate Make a Deal

We suppose everyone pretty much agrees, despite their politics, that the deliberate jamming of the George Washington Bridge for a week that included the first day of school and the anniversary of 9/11 turned people off to the powers that be, whoever they were. The perpetrators certainly did not endear the Port Authority to folks who had to wait as much as three hours

The Modern Language Association Joins the Losers

We congratulate the Modern Language Association (MLA) for becoming  the latest in the line of idiots as described by Liel Leibovitz in the article he wrote for Tablet and we reprinted with permission in this issue. Their leadership is politically blinder than a bat, and they have no business, really, sticking their noses into power politics in the Middle East. They

Can Iran take the U.S. Seriously? Seriously.

We are all in agreement. The Iranians are bad players and must be stopped. They cannot be trusted. We know that, too. Since Geneva, their officials say they can go back to nuclear weapons development on a day’s notice. That’s why Congress wants to make sure they have no wiggle room to exploit whatever advantage they think they got by agreeing to the deal—a deal

The Fox and the Scorpion or the Lion and the Lamb?

Tosefta are still being written on the Iranian Nuke deal by pundits, politicos, ponderers and opinionator. But Jewish leaders around the world, members of the U.S. Congress and the Senate, including Bibi, are fuming, saying it accomplishes nothing, and some going so far as to compare it to Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. Is it a dangerous deal?

Looted Art: Ah, The Mystery

The German police find 1400 paintings worth a billion or more in a tax evader’s (and hermit’s) apartment, and tell no one until the story is leaked to a German magazine. The fellow has disappeared, and it turns out his dad was essentially the art looter-in-chief for the Nazis. More than that, after the Allies captured the looted paintings in the post-WWII war

Don’t Buy the Brooklyn Bridge

Dennis Ross, founder of AIPAC with Martin Indyk, has served Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Obama—all but Bush Jr. Ross got his Judaism after the Six-Day War, founded a synagogue in Rockville, Maryland, and has served in the Pentagon, the State Department, the National Security Council, and the White House. In the Reagan years, he was director of Near

Just Vote

According to voter statistics, only 61.2 percent of New Jersey’s eligible voters vote. That’s only about a percentage point or two less than their Israeli counterparts. (Where in 1949, 86 percent of the Israeli population voted, today’s it hovers around 63 percent. The most dramatic drop in participation—10 points—came between 1999 and 2003.) That is really

What Josh Levy Really Said About Guns

If it hadn’t been for the photo of me next to last edition’s article (“Josh Levy: The Best Defense – Get a Gun”), I wouldn’t have recognized myself in the article’s cartoonish description of my views. The article contained imagined quotations about topics that were never discussed, and misrepresented my statements on the topics that were discussed.

It’s Not a Love Fest or a Warm Embrace

There is nothing the media likes more than branding something so they can peg it and sensationalize it, raise your adrenaline and have you coming back for more of their inflated hype. Love Fests, Warm Embraces, Charm offensives. What we have seen in the last few weeks, since Obama threatened to bomb Syria for using gas on its own citizenry,  has left many people